Windows 8 new UI theme shown off, interesting color options

Gone are the days of Aero glass, Metro is here to stay, both on the start screen and the desktop interface. WinUnleaked showed off the screenshots today, which reveal mostly what we expected, albeit with an extra option.

The screenshots below depict a flatter, cleaner and more colorful interface for the desktop that is consistent across the OS. In the latest builds, you are able to enable an option that lets you keep the taskbar color separate from the window color. Whilst some buttons have been updated, many still feature the Vista-era glossy icons. Hopefully that will change in a later build.

Colors are customizable, as in previous releases, but the default options are all pastel colors, just like the set found in the start screen.

Now that the Release Preview is out the door, it seems that Microsoft is getting extremely close to finishing Windows 8 and is gearing up for release to the public in time for the holiday season. You can view the full resolution screenshots, in all their pastel glory by clicking on the gallery at the end of this article.


Choosing a color - note the new "Use the same color for window borders" option


You can only select to have the taskbar and the windows the same color, otherwise windows remain white

What do you think of the changes? Are they for the better? Let us know in the comments!

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KsenOug said,
Just when I thought my eyes are ok, I am blind, again !
By the way, this is a great way to get epilepsy.

They should seriously print a photosensitive seizure warning on it if they do not already...

psreloaded said,

They should seriously print a photosensitive seizure warning on it if they do not already...

Nice idea: WARNING! Use this theme at your own risk...

Tuishimi said,
It looks like one or two of the themes I used to run on Mac OS X, back when it was theme-able.

Sort of like a colorful version of "Milk" or something.

I'll be so glad when everyone who doesn't want in, can just go use Ubuntu or the Pinball Machine.

Then NeoWin can get back to being a real Windows Blog. You guys are whiners. Go cry to your Mama, she misses you only cuz she was forced to give birth to you.

jimmyfal said,
I'll be so glad when everyone who doesn't want in, can just go use Ubuntu or the Pinball Machine.

Then NeoWin can get back to being a real Windows Blog. You guys are whiners. Go cry to your Mama, she misses you only cuz she was forced to give birth to you.

jimmyfail, you're an idiot.

Oh Microsoft, I just want to cry!

I had just finally got around to liking Windows 8 enough to get off the fence and install it at release.

All that time debating the pros and cons of install Windows 8 or keeping with Windows 7, and now I am back on the fence again.

I could mod the theme in time, but I like Aero Glass - it works for me. I find it clean, refined, easy to work with productivity wise and with the correct wallpaper even refreshing - it helps provide a sense of tranquility to a busy day. I like the little peeks of my baby daughter and wife or a scenic vista - it makes me smile.

This really makes the desktop UI look like an afterthpugh

comecon said,
Oh Microsoft, I just want to cry!

I had just finally got around to liking Windows 8 enough to get off the fence and install it at release.

All that time debating the pros and cons of install Windows 8 or keeping with Windows 7, and now I am back on the fence again.

I could mod the theme in time, but I like Aero Glass - it works for me. I find it clean, refined, easy to work with productivity wise and with the correct wallpaper even refreshing - it helps provide a sense of tranquility to a busy day. I like the little peeks of my baby daughter and wife or a scenic vista - it makes me smile.

This really makes the desktop UI look like an afterthpugh

Don't you just hate typing on a phone at times?

Oh Microsoft, I just want to cry!

I had just finally got around to liking Windows 8 enough to get off the fence and prepare to install it at release as my main OS.

All that time debating the pros and cons of install Windows 8 or keeping with Windows 7, and now I am back on the fence again.

I could mod the theme in time, but I like Aero Glass - it works for me. I find it clean, refined, easy to work with productivity wise and with the correct wallpaper even refreshing - it helps provide a sense of tranquility to a busy day. I like the little peeks of my baby daughter and wife or a scenic vista - it makes me smile.

This latest UI really makes the desktop UI look like an afterthought on the rush to RTM. It feels 'plasticky' and cheap.

What is wrong with including multiple themes with Windows 8? I can deal with the Metro now - I have got used to that, but Windows 8 inherently supports Aero Glass effects - it is working fine in the RP after all. Why create more work for yourselves in removing it?

Microsoft, please just give the user an option to work in an environment they like to work in! A sense of familiarity - nostalgia is good. Keep both themes and let us choose!

I like Windows 8, and I really want to continue liking it. I've had to adjust enough. Just help get me back off this fence with a ladder rather than another kick... I don't wish to stick with the RP as my main OS and I do appreciate the need to evolve at times.

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