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Why did Microsoft remove aero?

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Deihmos    154

Did Microsoft really remove Aero and if so why why did they do this? Aero make the desktop look so much nicer. The Windows 8 desktop imo looks ugly in comparison and it looks flat. I am not a fan of the new metro lookor metro apps but I at least I figured I could ignore it and continue using the desktop.

I am really disappointed in what Microsoft has done with WIndows 8. It is obvious that he main focus is not the desktop but mobile devices. This has to be the first Windows release that I am not interested in getting.

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theyarecomingforyou    10,428

Ugly? It barely looks any different.

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ajnauron    8

Battery life on notebooks and tablets.

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Nashy    1,662

This would be a first.

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Raa    1,593

Ugly? It barely looks any different.

Windows 8 looks vastly different.

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Active.    1,700

Because it 'looks dated and cheesy now', or so Microsoft claims.

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KingCracker    1,501

Because it 'looks dated and cheesy now', or so Microsoft claims.

Compared to just a plain taskbar? Aero still looks good and I wouldn't mind it in 8.

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Active.    1,700
Aero still looks good

To each his own of course. Microsoft, though, apparently disagree and have 'moved beyond Aero Glass ?flattening surfaces, removing reflections, and scaling back distracting gradients'.

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carOS    184

WTF, battery life isn't the reason got MS to remove aero..people can disable in windows 7 to save "BL" Maybe MS is trying kill the desktop by making look like <snipped> and people will realize the beauty of metro. GOOD STRATEGY !

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COKid    875

Boy! Was it like this when Windows 7 was at this point? It's like people really love Windows 8 or hate it.

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KingCracker    1,501

Boy! Was it like this when Windows 7 was at this point? It's like people really love Windows 8 or hate it.

I like windows 8 I hope the kinks I'm finding go away in the final release though. If they don't windows 8 is gonna suck.

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FMH    717

Boy! Was it like this when Windows 7 was at this point? It's like people really love Windows 8 or hate it.

People dislike change. They show a lot of inertia to the 'new'.

The techies actually hated the user-interface itself, when Microsoft introduced it in Windows 95. They thought it was for people who were too lazy to learn a few DOS commands.

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remixedcat    2,767

I would tell you but I took an aero in the knee

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FMH    717

Did Microsoft really remove Aero and if so why why did they do this? Aero makes the desktop look so much nicer. The Windows 8 desktop imo looks ugly in comparison and it looks flat. I am not a fan of the new metro lookor metro apps but I at least I figured I could ignore it and continue using the desktop.

I am really disappointed in what Microsoft has done with WIndows 8. It is obvious that he main focus is not the desktop but mobile devices. This has to be the first Windows release that I am not interested in getting.

They removed it exactly for the reason you mentioned. It was a gimmick, and it attracted the user's attention. And it didn't provide any real advantage in productivity, except to look pretty.

And battery life was also a factor. It consumed a little bit more juice, and actually had a minimum graphic power requirement to run.

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Deihmos    154

Ugly? It barely looks any different.

It looks very different to me. Aero is still present in the preview but gone in the final.

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srprimeaux    8

I personally prefer a flat UI. No distracting gradients, shadows, glows, and transparencies. Just a nice chrome.

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Active.    1,700

I never quite got how this was supposed to be a good idea usability-wise:

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abysal    98

I like the flat UI, the square windows, but I will miss the transparencies. Then again I only plan to run it on a tablet which will probably account for 10 - 15% of my computer usage, and most of time I'll be in the Metro UI.

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PGHammer    1,731

People dislike change. They show a lot of inertia to the 'new'.

The techies actually hated the user-interface itself, when Microsoft introduced it in Windows 95. They thought it was for people who were too lazy to learn a few DOS commands.

Yup - and when reminded of it, they either get all Pharonic about it, or try to change the subject.

I was very much a skeptic when the Developer Preview of Windows 8 came out (and primarily because of the radical UI) - now I'm a decided non-skeptic.

I've done three installs of this leak of Enterprise- N (two in VMs and one bare-metal) - if anything, I'm actually less of a skeptic.

The lack of Aero has seriously sped things up, and especially on supported hardware.

My discrete GPU is actually the sort of hardware that led to Aero getting grounded - the AMD HD5450 (a notebook GPU in desktop clothes) - it's supported OOTB in both Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Things have seriously gotten faster compared to the Release Preview (which has Aero) - which leads ME to believe that Microsoft actually has a point about Aero being a drag on performance.

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Manarift    12

The biggest issue with aero glass was the fact that allot of programs had compatibility issues with it in general.

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Deihmos    154

The biggest issue with aero glass was the fact that allot of programs had compatibility issues with it in general.

Never experienced anything like that and people fail to realize that aero on windows 7 could be turned off. It isn't manditory.

Windows xp looked better than windows 98, vista better than xp and 7 better than vista. Windows 8 ended that tradition.

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Ryoken    1,004

I would tell you but I took an aero in the knee

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+devHead    2,097

The odd thing to me is that, in the RTM of Windows 8, all the glass/aero is gone, but the icons in the ribbon for File Explorer are the exact same as in the CP and RP. The glossy, 3D icons from Vista and 7. That's what I can't figure out. Why did they keep the same icons? Even Office 2013 completely revamped all the UI icons for the Ribbon in all their apps. But Windows 8 has kept the icons. And the same My Computer, Recycle Bin, and Network, Control Panel icons from Vista/7. To me, if they were going to do something as drastic as get rid of all reflective / transparencies and every visual aspect of Aero, they could have redone the icons to be more consistent with the rest of the OS's look.

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PGHammer    1,731

Never experienced anything like that and people fail to realize that aero on windows 7 could be turned off. It isn't manditory.

Windows xp looked better than windows 98, vista better than xp and 7 better than vista. Windows 8 ended that tradition.

Apparently, there wasn't as much gain by not using it in Windows 7 as there has been with its banishment in 8.

And again, you're referring to aesthetics; the same could (and has) been said (ending the tradition of good-looking DEs, that is) about GNOME 3.x, KDE 4.x, etc. - if anything, the trend on the FOSS side has been toward minimalism (Xfce, E17+, Cinnamon, etc.).

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srprimeaux    8

The odd thing to me is that, in the RTM of Windows 8, all the glass/aero is gone, but the icons in the ribbon for File Explorer are the exact same as in the CP and RP. The glossy, 3D icons from Vista and 7. That's what I can't figure out. Why did they keep the same icons? Even Office 2013 completely revamped all the UI icons for the Ribbon in all their apps. But Windows 8 has kept the icons. And the same My Computer, Recycle Bin, and Network, Control Panel icons from Vista/7. To me, if they were going to do something as drastic as get rid of all reflective / transparencies and every visual aspect of Aero, they could have redone the icons to be more consistent with the rest of the OS's look.

That's disappointing to hear. I really dislike it when Microsoft seemingly does things in a cursory fashion. I thought Windows 8 was finally going to show some consistency. I guess not.

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