Microsoft's new Windows 8 themes include one that's very sweet

We are just about a week away from the start of the traditional summer vacation time period, and by coincidence Microsoft has released some new Windows 8 themes that appeal to the traveler, along with one that appeals to the sweet tooth.

The Windows Experience blog has links to the new themes, including one from photographer Kyle Waters, Alaskan Landscapes, that has a number of beautiful images showing the vistas of the US's largest state. Ian Rushton, who had a theme released for Windows 8 in April, is back with two more, each showing off additional sites in New Zealand. Yet another new theme, Swedish Spring, completes a seasonal look at that part of the world that's been depicted in previous themes.

In a complete change of pace, artist Karyn Servin has made a theme, Delectable Designs, that has artwork featuring cartoon images of cupcakes, pastries and other sweet items. Microsoft has also released a new batch of wallpapers for older versions of Windows as well as the desktop UI of Windows 8. Finally, the company has made it easier to find panoramic wallpapers (the ones made to stretch across two monitors in Windows 8) by giving them a separate category.

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Eh, personally can't stand signatures/watermarks on my desktop wallpapers. They ruin an otherwise great image.

Quick off topic question. What makes an article "hot"? Why is this article "hot"? Do the writers put that up there? This is far from hot. If anything, this is Rosie O'Donnell "hot".

Microsoft does this all the time. They sporadically release things for their new "baby". A year later, they move on and leave us behind. They did this with Vista Ultimate and Windows 7 Ultimate.

That's all very nice. But, when is Microsoft going to do something substantive for the millions of business/enterprise/serious consumer user who are NOT lost in the rapture of touch-screen technology? It smacks of Microsoft trying to ignore the big problems it created with Windows-8 and hopes "it" will go away.

I would like to see a lot more Xbox Live games get themes.

Why do Microsoft not bother with sound themes anymore either?

While I can't really knock them for releasing stuff... this is exceedingly unexciting.

Aergan said,
I would like to see a lot more Xbox Live games get themes.

They do sell plenty of them

Why do Microsoft not bother with sound themes anymore either?

Because those are annoying as hell?

Still not sure why these get called themes, all they are is wallpapers and a colour for the desktop that you can't really change. I've got a modified theme and I wish Microsoft would enable a proper desktop engine that can be modified without needing to change files.

For what it's worth, avoid confusing themes with skins. If a theme isn't a theme without being a skin, then both words are useless.

Ice_Blue said,
In Windows 8 they are, seeing as how there isn't much else to change.

Umm... the themes in Windows 8 do exactly the same thing as in Windows 7, you doofus. The app bar, window frames, sounds, etc. all change. If you look on the source link, there are "Themes" and "Wallpapers".

DarkNet said,

It's a theme for an app, the Desktop App

and all of you..

Themes are what applied to desktop. It contains sounds, wallpapers and changable color for caption bars and taskbar.

Visual Style are what changes your look of Windows by applying graphical elements to your caption bars, start menu, taskbars etc to make it look different.

They are different!

Wallpaper are just the image you use to set as a background!

Kenny Kanashimi Chu said,

and all of you..

Themes are what applied to desktop. It contains sounds, wallpapers and changable color for caption bars and taskbar.

Visual Style are what changes your look of Windows by applying graphical elements to your caption bars, start menu, taskbars etc to make it look different.

They are different!

Wallpaper are just the image you use to set as a background!

Who said anything about Wallpaper? The most persistent change you will see it in is the Desktop App

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If I bake some brownies and create some wallpapers about them, Can I have an article all to myself on the front the page?

Max Norris said,
Microsoft's already done baked goods... don't copy, be innovative. Try kittens or something, that might be article-worthy.

Baked kittens?!! You're sick sir! :\