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Wish List for Microsoft
by Jon Dough on Mon 19th Nov 2007 22:22 UTC
Jon Dough
Member since:
2005-11-30

While I am sure there are 3rd party applications out there, I wish that Microsoft officially supported alternative window managers/desktop environments. True alternatives, and not just skinning.

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RE: Wish List for Microsoft
by Michael on Tue 20th Nov 2007 01:07 in reply to "Wish List for Microsoft"
Michael Member since:
2005-07-01

An unlikely wish. They don't exactly encourage skinning, even. I don't know what it's like in Vista, but XP requires a hacked DLL, just to allow unauthorized themes (that is, all of them). I think they like to protect their corporate identity.

It's really a shame. Windows 98 was greatly improved by installing a replacement shell but, in my experience, it was just too unstable. I put that down to it not being officially supported, though it may just have been general Windows 9x crashy-ness.

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RE: Wish List for Microsoft
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 20th Nov 2007 01:12 in reply to "Wish List for Microsoft"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

They don't even support skins/themes... unless, of course, they were blessed [ie. released by] Microsoft themselves. Which means you're limited to the very small handful of MSstyles that comes with Windows itself, or an even smaller handful of downloadable ones (mostly crappy promotions to other MS products, like the Zune theme... bleh).

I'll take the Windows Classic theme or a hacked uxtheme.dll with BSRoyale any day. With most graphical effects off, of course.

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RE: Wish List for Microsoft
by Flatland_Spider on Tue 20th Nov 2007 08:02 in reply to "Wish List for Microsoft"
Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

I was browsing around today through Wikipedia reading up on Alternative Windows shells, and was thinking pretty much the exact same thing.

It was a shame that MS didn't pick up one of the shell replacements, or crib ideas from them, to replace explorer.exe. They do have some really good ideas.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desktop_shell_replacement

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RE: Wish List for Microsoft
by 1c3d0g on Tue 20th Nov 2007 13:07 in reply to "Wish List for Microsoft"
1c3d0g Member since:
2005-07-06

Oh yes indeed! :-D Can you imagine an Openbox-powered Vista? That would be too cool!

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RE[2]: Wish List for Microsoft
by netpython on Tue 20th Nov 2007 13:10 in reply to "RE: Wish List for Microsoft"
netpython Member since:
2005-07-06

And a lot faster:-)

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RE[2]: Wish List for Microsoft
by wirespot on Wed 21st Nov 2007 01:06 in reply to "RE: Wish List for Microsoft"
wirespot Member since:
2006-06-21

So what's keeping you? AFAIK the likes of Openbox have been ported to Windows as BB4Win, BBLean and xoblite. One of them must have made the switch to Vista by now.

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