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Microsoft Drops Aero from Windows 8

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butilikethecookie    29

http://www.theverge.com/2012/5/18/3029547/microsoft-windows-8-drops-aero-glass

Microsoft has revealed that it has made some big changes to its desktop UI for Windows 8, which includes moving away from Aero Glass ? the UI first introduced with Vista. According to the company, this means visual changes that include "flattening surfaces, removing reflections, and scaling back distracting gradients."

Despite all of these changes with the interface, the company doesn't appear to be worried about the issue of "learnability." Instead, Microsoft believes that with a little help it won't take long for users to adapt to the new operating system. "We will help people get off on the right foot," the company explained in a blog post, "and we have confidence that people will quickly find the new paradigms to be second-nature."

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BetaAddict    107

Goes a long way towards scaling back on burdening the GPU and improving battery life for laptop usage.

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mikeleo    5

You can make the screens as fancy as you want or not. If the OS crashes or some other problem then who needs it.

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daniel_rh    38

Kinda like it but are they going to keep the same icons? :huh:

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butilikethecookie    29

Your title is slightly misleading as Aero is a lot more than just Aero Glass. Also, this is already being discussed in this thread:

http://www.neowin.ne...__fromsearch__1

These windows aren't shiny and see through though. They are solid.

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George P    3,387

Kinda like it but are they going to keep the same icons? :huh:

No, they talk about changing icons and so on by RTM in the blog post.

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Ci7    187

oh noes another dropppped featurezzz :rolleyes:

on a serious note good job of making Windows Uniform (Y)

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Excelsis    20

oh noes another dropppped featurezzz :rolleyes:

on a serious note good job of making Windows Uniform (Y)

No feature dropped here. They just changed the theme. The underlying stuff that Aero brought is all still there. In other words, it shouldn't take long for themers to bring back Aero Glass. At least I hope so, more choices is always better.

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0nyX    259

I love the direction Windows 8 is heading.Cant wait for the RP and ofcourse RTM.The new flat look is more then welcome for me from every aspect and i also hope they make the libraries and folder icons "more metro" as well.

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redfish    386

I'm all for making the desktop Metro style , but the screenshots so far seem half-assed in that direction and would look better with Aero. The windows still have thick rubber band borders, no use of caps in the titlebar or ribbon, etc.

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jakem1    1,610

These windows aren't shiny and see through though. They are solid.

If you read through to the end of that thread you'll see that the last two or three pages are devoted to a discussion of this topic.

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Anthonyd    104

Goes a long way towards scaling back on burdening the GPU and improving battery life for laptop usage.

Wrong, it's still GPU accelerated.

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Co_Co    339

I find that hideous. My next desktop might be my first mac :o

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BumbleBritches57    22

Goes a long way towards scaling back on burdening the GPU and improving battery life for laptop usage.

No, it doesn't Even the crappiest Integrated GPU from Vista's heyday didn't struggle with Aero.

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BumbleBritches57    22

No feature dropped here. They just changed the theme. The underlying stuff that Aero brought is all still there. In other words, it shouldn't take long for themers to bring back Aero Glass. At least I hope so, more choices is always better.

Yeah, as soon as Windows 8 RC's I'm gonna start work on Cloud8. smh @ Microsoft.

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BumbleBritches57    22

I find that hideous. My next desktop might be my first mac :o

I'm getting an Ivy Bridge Retina Macbook this summer too. :D

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George P    3,387

This is classic, poor MS, damned if you do damned if you don't till the end. People moaned how the desktop and start screen don't match at all, now they're working to get the desktop to better fit with the start screen and you have a group moaning about those changes now. It never ends.

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Buendia    33

Did you notice that Microsoft changed the screenshot of the desktop in their blog.

The new screenshot doesn't show the new icon.

Compare this picture with the one in the first post (emphasis on the task bar area):

8270.Desktop_2D00_theme_5F00_0459AA86.png

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George P    3,387

Did you notice that Microsoft changed the screenshot of the desktop in their blog.

The new screenshot doesn't show the new icon.

Compare this picture with the one in the first post (emphasis on the task bar area):

8270.Desktop_2D00_theme_5F00_0459AA86.png

You're right, guess they photoshopped it out, don't want to leak new icons right now I guess.

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trag3dy    3,252

No feature dropped here. They just changed the theme. The underlying stuff that Aero brought is all still there. In other words, it shouldn't take long for themers to bring back Aero Glass. At least I hope so, more choices is always better.

You're assuming themers will bother with Windows 8.

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Melfster    483

You're assuming themers will bother with Windows 8.

Of course themers will mode Windows 8. They already are doing it.

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Anthonyd    104

I find that hideous. My next desktop might be my first mac :o

Comments like this always makes me laugh.

Have you ever tried OS X once in your life ? It has many ****ty things like no real fullscreen, lack of games etc.

Plus you'll lose all your software that have to be bought again/you'll have to find the mac equivalent and so on, so much for not staying with Windows 7/wait for Windows 8 RTM and try it!

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Microsoft BOB™ 10    648

Oh so that means the only is only designed for battery powered devices! Wait a minute, I thought Microsoft said it was designed for all kinds of PCs. Then why should powered machines not enjoy glass transparencies where there is no question of battery life?

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