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
joyman
M$ should release only odd versions of windows...
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#2
remixedcat
They did the best with the year versions... but most of those are server releases... server OSes FTW!!!
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#3
Arctucas
Just when I thought Windows 8 could not get any worse, Sinofsky and gang proved me wrong...

If the Classic Desktop, with Aero, and the ability for the end-user to completely disable the Immersive UI (Metro) and the Windows Store (the real reason for Windows 8 existence), I will not even bother downloading a copy from my Technet account.
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#4
Delta6326
lol to me this looks dated and cheesy...
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#5
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
AlienIsGOD said:
Windows 7 will become the new XP lasting longer than M$ wants it too.
But you know how it works. MS will use a new DirectX version to ramthroat Windows 8 for PC enthusiasts. "This game best experienced in Windows 8 / DirectX 12".
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#6
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Ok we need to ban everyone using the term M$. It got old a decade ago.
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#7
Inceptor
As someone who went from Win98 to OSX to Win7, I have to say that the new Win8 desktop UI looks nice.
The Aero UI looks like the slightly cutesy OSX UI to me.
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#8
Moose
I suppose I should be glad that MS at least try and make their new op different, I think the sum total of new stuff in OSX Mountain Goat or whatever is a new reminder program.

Then again when you have something good like win 7 why bother changing?
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#9
logear
software authors will come up with programs to customize these shortcomings. Remember when XP only came in silver, green and that nasty shade of blue? Patch it. Customize it. I'm guessing that one of the reasons Win8 is faster because of the lowgrade graphics. I know in XP when you set it for "Adjust for best performance" the menu fading, shading and transparencies are turned off, making it way faster. Someone will write a program to add a start button, add an aerolike feature and streamline the waste of space ribbon interface. As usual MS is thinking with tunnelvision.
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#10
deleted
Just so everyone is aware, you can get the Start menu back by installing ViStart, ribbons are disabled by default, and many Windows 7 themes work on Windows 8. You never have to use Metro unless you want to.
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#11
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
why are people complaining about the UI? if you dont like windows 8 then dont use it. windows 7 is a great OS.
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#12
u2konline
Is it just me or does Win8 look just like Windows 7?

lol MS needs to just focus on windows 7. There is nothing wrong with windows 7 and it works perfectly fine with pretty much anything.
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#13
micropage7
flat and oldies?
it shouldnt call it new interface, and why dont they listen to us to at least give an option to put start menu on the front than using metro that makes your pc feels like phone?
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#14
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
u2konline said:
Is it just me or does Win8 look just like Windows 7?

lol MS needs to just focus on windows 7. There is nothing wrong with windows 7 and it works perfectly fine with pretty much anything.
It does when you're not in Metro. And exactly the same can be said about Windows 2000 and XP.
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#15
u2konline
Frick said:
It does when you're not in Metro. And exactly the same can be said about Windows 2000 and XP.
I tested out windows XP sp2 and SP3 on my Quad core with my new card, its horrible man. Crashes every 20 mins, BSOD, horrible mess dude.
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#16
MrMilli
u2konline said:
I tested out windows XP sp2 and SP3 on my Quad core with my new card, its horrible man. Crashes every 20 mins, BSOD, horrible mess dude.
Then something is wrong with your build or install and nothing else.
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#17
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
MrMilli said:
Then something is wrong with your build or install and nothing else.
Yeah. I mean Windows 7 is better with newer hardware and all but XP still works "perfectly fine with pretty much anything". So that is a bad argument imo.
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#18
NdMk2o1o
There is no need to have Windows XP these days at all unless you are running a single core with <1GB RAM.

I will wait until 8 is released and most likely upgrade anyway as from what I have noticed is tht it's slightly faster than 7 and uses less RAM which is always a plus.

We know you can disable metro and tbh how many people really benefit from aero? I do use aero peek to switch IE tabs aside from that it has no benefits. Also having settings more accessible for average users isn't a bad thing is it?
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#19
faramir
Who would want to spend money on a product made by a company that calls one of its own products "cheesy" ? Imbeciles.
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#20
xBruce88x
well i can explain why they did this in one word...

Tablets.

now in many words, the new ribbon as its called makes doing certain tasks on a tablet soo much easier although it will eat up some screen space but its better than ha ing to bring up a virtual kb every time

as for removing the glass look, its less demanding on tablets (remember theyre making an arm version of windows too)

as for the start menu... dont really need it anymore since you can get to you libraries from the quicklaunch on the taskbar, and any other apps can have shortcuts made into "toolbars" on the taskbar as well
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#21
Isenstaedt
btarunr said:
But you know how it works. MS will use a new DirectX version to ramthroat Windows 8 for PC enthusiasts. "This game best experienced in Windows 8 / DirectX 12".
That didn't work very well for Windows Vista.
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#22
xenocide
xBruce88x said:
Tablets.
Tablets are the new Netbook. The only tablet(s) that are really selling in decent numbers are iPad's, and I don't imagine those will be adopting Windows 8 anytime soon lol. I think Windows 8 will be one worth skipping, Windows 9 should be interesting though.
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#23
johnnyfiive
naoan said:
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.
Easy, its called Windows 7. :o
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#24
acerace
Honestly, I don't like the naming scheme of the new Windows. For example, after XP they name its Vista and after that 7. But this new OS called 8.. Where is the unique OS name?
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#25
remixedcat
I think they should have left it at the year thing.... The OS releases that had the years always turned out better.

However I've mostly been sticking to server releases and I've found them to be much better then the consumer releases.

Instead of xp I used 2003, instead of vista I used 2008, and instead of 7 I used 2008R2.
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