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Windows 7: Take Advantage of Aero

24 Jan 2009   #1

Windows 7 Beta
Take Advantage of Aero

Microsoft has a beautiful thing in Aero, but it isn't using it to the magnitude that it could be. One suggestion, cut out the white backgrounds on windows such as the control panel and windows explorer, and replace them with a glass background. If more than one window is open, make the active windows glass more opaque. That way items on the top window wouldn't be confused with items in the window behind it. That would be gorgeous! The Same idea could be applied to the start menu. The right side of the start menu is that beautiful glass, but the left has that bland white background. Make it all glass!

What do you guys think?

Post your critiques and other ideas concerning the expansion of Aero Glass throughout the OS.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jan 2009   #2

Windows Vista

Hmm, having the background of Word 2007 transparent would be very cool. However, having too much glass in the interface could make things a mess. Trying to read the blue text in control panel over a blue background might be trouble.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jan 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

Yes I agree that it would look better and it's also a feature of WindowBlinds but I am not sure it's something that the majority of uses would like, so it's probably better if those sort of features remain with 3rd party developers.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

13 Mar 2009   #4


well personally i think that it all depends on the user. if they like it then good for them if not then who cares
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Mar 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

transparent UI +1 from me
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Mar 2009   #6


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sammy7 View Post
cut out the white backgrounds on windows such as the control panel and windows explorer, and replace them with a glass background. If more than one window is open, make the active windows glass more opaque.

The problem with Areo is how it works, drawing over an entire surface is hightly problematic... all black surfaces like text also become see-though and it wrecks the icon surface...

I have tried to use a similar approach with drawing Areo over my applications but it requires lots of code to compensate the images and text that need exclusion from rendering... Plus dont forget users with lower end hardware it becomes highly unusable and ugly
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Mar 2009   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Why not use the feedback link to submit this idea to ms?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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