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Microsoft Drops ‘Aero Glass’ User Interface in Windows 8

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    Microsoft Drops ‘Aero Glass’ User Interface in Windows 8


    Microsoft Drops ‘Aero Glass’ User Interface in Windows 8

    By Alexandra Chang

    Fans of Microsoft’s Aero desktop experience will have to prepare for a life without translucent windows in Windows 8. Buried deep within a novel-length blog post, the company announced on Friday that it’s killing the Aero UI in the final release of Windows 8.

    Microsoft first shipped Aero Glass when it launched Microsoft Vista in 2006. It featured a glass-like design for window borders, taskbars, and other surfaces in the OS. According to Microsoft, Aero was designed to make the Windows experience more visually appealing, while also drawing user attention to the content within a window or program.

    But now, according to Jensen Harris, the Director of Program Management for the Windows User Experience, the Aero look is outdated.

    “This style of simulating faux-realistic materials (such as glass or aluminum) on the screen looks dated and cheesy now, but at the time, it was very much en vogue,” Harris writes in the blog post titled ‘Creating the Windows 8 User Experience.’

    The Windows 8 team will replace the Aero UI with what it describes as a “clean and crisp” look more in line with its new tile-based Metro UI. In Windows 8, interface windows will no longer feature reflections or shadows. What’s more, corners will be squared off, and surfaces will look flatter. Users will get white as the default windows color, for a “modern” aesthetic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by echrada View Post

    But now, according to Jensen Harris, the Director of Program Management for the Windows User Experience, the Aero look is outdated.

    “This style of simulating faux-realistic materials (such as glass or aluminum) on the screen looks dated and cheesy now, but at the time, it was very much en vogue,” Harris writes in the blog post titled ‘Creating the Windows 8 User Experience.’
    And now for the version filtered through the thoughts of GMan:

    "Aero was a great invention that we made, but we have other reasons to take it away now. So we are just going to try to play fashion authority while saying what's in and what's out, and make pretend it is no longer any good. This way, we can get a lot of people to believe it too and then it will be easier for us to justify this poor decision."
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    Not surprised.

    What a silly thing to do.
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    I'm getting more and more convinced that Apple are drugging the water supply to MSFT HQ.
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    Yes, It seems MS are tripping.
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    If the date was April 1st I'd just but since it isn't I'm just going to .
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    Quote Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
    I'm getting more and more convinced that Apple are drugging the water supply to MSFT HQ.
    Amongst other things! They are definitely going quite mad there, it must be either 'shrooms' or LSD.....
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    It also feels like they had this move planned and now have only introduced it in the spirit of "a little at a time".

    If it had been done in the same build (CP) where choice was taken away to disable Metro or not, the voices in opposition would be even louder.

    Or maybe they just decided this recently instead, but I don't think so.
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    I agree. Aero wasn't bad exactly. It was not as well executed as it could have been but metro or the metro user interface they have created for the desktop isn't well executed either. It is definitely cheesy and outdated but not because the effects are cheesy it's because Microsoft never did a good job executing the effects. Simulating faux-realistic materials was never cheesy and I doubt it will ever be because you need SOME effects to make a button look like a button. It was always about how well you can execute something to be timeless just like a well done piece of clothing will never be OUT of fashion. So if their user interface is cheesy now it's because they did a bad job with their own design of Aero and on that I do agree they didn't design Aero that well.
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    Not to mention they officially dissed their own product which they will still be supporting for many, many years to come: Windows 7 and to a lesser extent, also Vista.

    What company says to the public?: "Our products are outdated, but thanks for buying them anyway, while you did."

    Wow.
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