Saturday, May 19th 2012

Latest Windows 8 Screenshots Reveal Ouster of Aero Glass UI

In June, Microsoft will unveil the first Release Preview of Windows 8, its next major version of the Windows (client). Some of the latest screenshots of the teething operating system made it to the web, and reveal some significant changes to the UI, apart from the Metro UI. With its Desktop workspace, Windows 8 embraces a new UI design, that does away with the glassy Aero design that was introduced with Windows Vista. What we have instead, are minimalist titlebars with centered window titles, flat window control buttons, and a blending of the titlebar's color with that of the other menubars. Microsoft justifies the design change by calling the older Aero UI "dated and cheesy." Microsoft assured users that it will assist in the transition between the two UIs, apart from the major change that Metro is.

Sources: MSDN Blogs, Engadget
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83 Comments on Latest Windows 8 Screenshots Reveal Ouster of Aero Glass UI

#1
Fourstaff
I like Aero, guess this is another reason not to go to Windows 8 then.
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#2
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Looks good.
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#3
Xzibit
Looks like Office toolbar finally gave in to windows toolbar advances and had sex only to give birth to this :banghead:
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#4
Aleksander
It has something similar to google chrome for me and looks like unifying office, browser and explorer together
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#5
rooivalk
granted, the glassy aero is cheesy. But flattening the UI kinda like aero on safe mode.
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#6
St.Alia-Of-The-Knife
It a terrible mix of windows 98 and the dreaded UI of office 2007 with a touch of OSX
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#7
Shihabyooo
Well, that's one GUI change that would take a while to get adapted to. For me at least. But I guess I'll probably stick to 7 for this release. See if they changed their minds and added options to tweak the GUI internally in a service pack.
Still it's a shame. People WILL get used to this thing. After all OEMs switch to Win8 as default OS.
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#8
Protagonist
First they gave as great things in Vista & 7 made them better, then they take it all away in Windows 8 and give us some bullshit claiming its better than 7 & Vista, this shit is no where near 7 or Vista. The metro shit Microsoft is smoking they better stop, damn, Bill Gates should takeover again maybe then a proper Windows 7 replacement will be released
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#9
Jacez44
It looks like the Windows 7 Basic theme. No thanks.
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#10
WhiteLotus
by: Xzibit
Looks like Office toolbar finally gave in to windows toolbar advances and had sex only to give birth to this :banghead:
I also thought this.

Just looks... childish
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#11
Fourstaff
by: WhiteLotus
I also thought this.

Just looks... childish
Microsoft stated that most people are not bothered to use the functions hidden behind drop down menus, so they are making them more visible. Traditional power users will still ignore them and use their keyboard shortcuts :D
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#12
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: Fourstaff
Microsoft stated that most people are not bothered to use the functions hidden behind drop down menus, so they are making them more visible. Traditional power users will still ignore them and use their keyboard shortcuts :D
I actually think this is a decent idea, but I really REALLY hope there's an option to hide it. Because it's true, a lot of people have no idea what so ever to do anything. How many times have you explained to someone how to select everything? For support this is awesome.
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#13
Fourstaff
I think the arrow next to the question mark on the right of the taskbar hides it, but I am not sure.
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#14
naoan
Meh, I can live with that UI as long as I have the start menu back, and an option to completely hide metro from my sight ever.
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#15
AlienIsGOD
Windows 7 will become the new XP lasting longer than M$ wants it too.
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#16
slyfox2151
I wish they would implement a better way to select the GUI... or even modify it.


Perhaps it could ask during windows install or First logon... sure you can right click on your desktop but i feel it could be done better.
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#17
rpsgc
Hey Microsoft, thanks for making it easier (to stick with Windows 7).


As if there weren't enough reasons to ditch Windows 8.
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#18
sparkyar
its better only if its faster
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#20
AphexDreamer
It seems as though they didn't take anything we know and love from Windows 7 away. They just added so you can experience the PC through two worlds. The normal PC you like using with a mouse and keyboard and the quick and simple tablet like functions with touch and apps that you'd like using on your phone.

Not saying its great or a flop but I'd at least be inclined to try it out. Not sure if I'd pay for a new OS with tablet like features though. I do like the minimalistic look of the classic UI now.
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#22
KainXS
every time they show something about windows 8 it makes me sadder.:(

unless this has some serious performance enhancements over 7(which I really really doubt) this looks more like a downgrade for mainstream pc users.

bring us back to the awesomeness of the windows 2000 days like you did for 7 again ms, don't send us to the windows me days.
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#23
atikkur
and with the addition of classic start menu would be perfect too, XP number two. and why they created Glass UI with the vista and 7 at first place? they should stick with simple design forever and ever starting from now..... so, lets get rid metro ui (maybe in win9, for now, they still dont realized it).
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#24
baggpipes
This makes me not want windows 8 and i have a FX chip.....XD

EDIT: and why glassy on bottom toolbar but not else where? with them both on screen it clashes like digital effects in an analog filmed movie....
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#25
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
will windows 8 give us a boost in FPS for games? that is all most people on tpu care about. if you want eye candy go with linux.
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