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Windows 7: Designer Wanted to Give Windows 7 Users Something .....

01 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 
Designer Wanted to Give Windows 7 Users Something .....

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Designer Wanted to Give Windows 7 Users Something Beautiful

Rolf Ebeling was new to Microsoft when he was tapped to design the Windows 7 startup animation. Ebeling sought inspiration for the animation from the light, color, and energy in everyday things.

Editor's note: This is the third story in "Seven behind Windows 7," a series featuring Microsoft employees who helped build Windows 7.

REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 30, 2009 — When Rolf Ebeling was working on the Windows 7 startup animation, he sought inspiration all around him.

He squinted at the way streetlights glowed in the rain. He watched the way light reflected on water. He looked at the electric zigzag of fireflies in flight. Ebeling knew the Microsoft Windows team wanted something that reflected the feeling of the new operating system—light, color, energy.

Ebeling created a 105-frame startup animation hoping to give users something beautiful and familiar during those few seconds when Windows 7 starts up. Now, every day millions watch Ebeling's design: four swirling points of light that come together to form a pulsing Windows 7 flag.

"We never lost sight that we wanted the boot-up to be faster, but thought, 'Well, if people are going to be there we should make it attractive and something that inspires confidence,'" said Ebeling, a senior user experience lead for the User Experience Design and Research Team for Windows, Windows Live and Internet Explorer.
More at: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/f...Animation.mspx

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01 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

That was surprising...

Microsoft is like most other companies...they try to keep their image in tact and held with esteem. Considering the boot screen is the second thing you see (after the BIOS POST)...I thought they would have had someone with much much more experience in the company working on it.

Is this a bad thing? Hell no...that man and his team made what I consider the best boot screen I have ever seen for a OS. It fits so perfectly with the Windows brand...I can't imagine anything better...

If Windows 8 had the same boot screen...I wouldn't feel bad at all
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01 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, Mac OS X 10.6
 
 

Right...and the animation does not make you feel bored at all.
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01 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

I want a progress bar.
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01 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Between XP and Vista's green then blues for XP scroll bars it got "Borrrringgggg" after so many years of looking at the same thing. Someone had the common sense of providing 7 with a new look at startup! Way to go!
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02 Dec 2009   #6

W7 64bit 7600 with SP1
 
 

If the "startup" sound would play as the swirling orbs zoom in to the glowing window it would be perfect, don't you thinnk?
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02 Dec 2009   #7

 
 

It would have been nice to be given the option to choose. The Loading Bar from build 6801 was actually quite nice.
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02 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
It would have been nice to be given the option to choose. The Loading Bar from build 6801 was actually quite nice.
What did that look like?
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02 Dec 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mowerman View Post
If the "startup" sound would play as the swirling orbs zoom in to the glowing window it would be perfect, don't you thinnk?
I would like to be able to change the startup sound itself at times as well as the rest of the wav files for functions. Often the desktop will be fully loaded however and then you will hear it if you have the box left checked off.
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02 Dec 2009   #10

W7 64bit 7600 with SP1
 
 

You can change the startup sound, or any other system sound by clicking the Orb and typing "change System Sounds" without the quotes.
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