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
digibucc
people don't look in menus, so get rid of the menu? lol whatever...
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#2
Velvet Wafer
by: Fourstaff
I like Aero, guess this is another reason not to go to Windows 8 then.
This. Microsofts new design is the one that looks cheesy, thats for sure. IDK which moron they hired for the design of it :laugh:
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#4
jalex3
Bleh, aero looks better than that I think, plus you could turn it off.
Aero looks good an is nice on the eyes after some turning, with the right background.

OSX looks better than that, but MS just love flat colours. OSX did transparency better anyway.

Though I do think its nicer without shadows, I have them turned off for windows and icons.
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#5
rob49152
I REALLY hate it when Tech companies go bat-sh*t insane and stop listening to the customer and instead start telling the customer it knows whats good for them and to suck it up and take it up the OS poop chute like a man.

So really I have been hating MS and Apple for a while now.

In this case its not even MS trying to copy what Apple has done and seems to work. Instead lets completely mess up what people have liked about the last version of windows..then pile another suitcase of bad on top of that!
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#6
No_Asylum
I dont know what all the fuss is about. I think Windows 8 is going to be the single greatest achievement in Operating Systems since Windows 95.

LOL!!

I dare anyone to say that out loud with a straight face.
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#7
KainXS
well . . . . . its not like it could be the worst achievement . . . . looks at windows me . . . . . .yep can't be the worst by far.

ms should have won a prize with that one.
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#8
Protagonist
At list when Vista & 7 come they got users upgrading to better hardware, but for 8 they want to get people downgrading to crappy hardware, i don't see the need for OEMs to provide machines with snappy hardware alongside Windows 8. Same as i don't see the need of Quad Cores and above, 2GB of RAM and above, Kick ass cards eg discrete GPUs and above, for this type of shit.
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#9
Isenstaedt
by: st.bone
At list when Vista & 7 come they got users upgrading to better hardware, but for 8 they want to get people downgrading to crappy hardware
The thing is operative systems should adapt to the hardware found on contemporary PCs. PCs shouldn't need to adapt to operative systems. This is the one of the main reasons why Vista failed. When it came out most PCs were not fast enough to run it. Windows 7 has very similar hardware requirements to Windows Vista, but when it was released most PC were ready for it.
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#10
Aditya
Minimalistic design? If I wanted my PC to have that,I'd have stuck to windows 95.......
That aero glass effect had a bit of elegance to it....
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#11
Protagonist
by: Isenstaedt
The thing is operative systems should adapt to the hardware found on contemporary PCs. PCs shouldn't need to adapt to operative systems. This is the one of the main reasons why Vista failed. When it came out most PCs were not fast enough to run it. Windows 7 has very similar hardware requirements to Windows Vista, but when it was released most PC were ready for it.
No problem with OS adapting to hardware. Question is why dumb it down and claim its better?

by: Aditya
Minimalistic design? If I wanted my PC to have that,I'd have stuck to windows 95.......
That aero glass effect had a bit of elegance to it....
Told like it is,..
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#13
Nkd
Most of you must not have even tried windows 8. I hated it at first but I am certainly upgrading when it comes out. It is way way way faster when it comes speed and I also like the metro hot corners, once you get a hang of it, it is not all that bad.
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#14
Atom_Anti
Where is the Start button? Are they kidding with me? I have been using Windows 8 since 29. February, but I still hate Metro and missing the functionality of Start button.


by: xenocide
I think Microsoft should just do this;

http://blog.gsmarena.com/this-is-what-windows-8-on-desktop-should-have-looked-like/#0_undefined,0_
This looks good, and I could forget the start button, but with same looking desktop than in Windows 7, I just keep missing the Start menu.
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#15
NC37
Could be worse...could be...BRUSHED METAL!!!

Did Apple ever grow out of that? Gah I got sick of it so long ago but all they'd do was more and more of it.

I don't see what the fuss about Aero is. I like it.
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#17
mak1skav
I hate that i still don't see a "Start" button there :mad:
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#18
remixedcat
Looks like a wal-mart grade interface.
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#19
lZKoce
I like it from the screenshots. I didn't use and like the Aero interface, so I am glad they are done with it. It seems pretty good so far.
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#20
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
Honestly, it looks like an OS designed for a tablet PC and the design for a tower or laptop is kind of absurd.
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#21
remixedcat
that UI would look silly in my dark, smooth, and shiny office... I will say that. I evne tried to use flat black themes and they look like crap in the setting I work in.

MS designed this UI in white boxed rooms with 1000 watt florescent lighting and desks from an industrial supply wearhouse. of course that UI would make sense to them, however in most people's houses it would look like eve from wall-e in a neoclassical designed suburban tract home... very out of place.
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#23
MrMilli
They push this ugliness onto people in an effort to promote Metro. Pathetic, that's what it is.
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#24
Velvet Wafer
by: Nkd
Most of you must not have even tried windows 8. I hated it at first but I am certainly upgrading when it comes out. It is way way way faster when it comes speed and I also like the metro hot corners, once you get a hang of it, it is not all that bad.
I tried it.... the metro hot corners annoyed the hell out of me, and im far less speedy with metro activated, than without it
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#25
dicobalt
Turn off Aero in the Win8 Consumer Preview and you will get window frames that look very similar to this screenshot.
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