Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jun 2012 23:16 UTC
Windows Paul Thurrot and Rafael Rivera have some good shots of the new theme for classic applications in windows 8. Looking pretty good - too bad Microsoft didn't come up with a new icon set as well. Still, white window borders with a white taskbar and these new widgets and flat appearance... Nice.
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It sucks
by nt_jerkface on Fri 15th Jun 2012 03:45 UTC
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2009-08-26

It looks like that crappy high contrast theme for old monitors.

People like Aero and the Start Menu. What kind of idiot thinks taking away what the customers like is a good strategy? Especially when they can be optional? Freakin Sinofsky, hurry up and release this piece of crap so the rest of the world can see what an idiot you are.

Edited 2012-06-15 03:47 UTC

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RE: It sucks
by l3v1 on Fri 15th Jun 2012 07:39 in reply to "It sucks"
l3v1 Member since:
2005-07-06

looks like that crappy high contrast theme


I agree, thought the same when I first saw it. I have to be from some other planet, because I just can't seem to understand why some people like it, but it seems they do. Well, weirder things have happened.

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RE: It sucks
by Chrispynutt on Fri 15th Jun 2012 12:54 in reply to "It sucks"
Chrispynutt Member since:
2012-03-14

I agree.

I think they have confused minimalism with blandness.

It also hurts my eyes, looking into a bright white lightbulb is not my idea of a good time.

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RE[2]: It sucks
by WereCatf on Fri 15th Jun 2012 15:22 in reply to "RE: It sucks"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I think they have confused minimalism with blandness.

It also hurts my eyes, looking into a bright white lightbulb is not my idea of a good time.


Indeed. It is certainly possible to create minimalistic, clean themes while still retaining clarity and visual attractiveness, it just requires some basic understanding of interface design and visual acuity. Also, removing *all* depth from the theme is leaping tens of years backwards in interface design; subtle shadows, gradients and 3D-depth is used to signal e.g. importance of elements or interactivity of such.

Since I'm much more used to GTK+/GNOME I'll provide a few links to themes that are quite simple yet which I personally really like a lot: http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/GrayRevenge?content=137790 , http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Elements?content=145920 and http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Zukitwo?content=140562

I am certain there are good examples of simple, clean and pleasing themes in the KDE-camp, too, I just haven't used KDE much and thus I haven't been perusing the selection of such yet.

As for Win8's theme: it is not likely Microsoft will alter the theme in a positive direction any more, there is a clear desire to draw people to use Metro and thereby Windows Store and thus creating an attractive theme for the traditional desktop runs counter to that desire. One can only hope that it can be customized with e.g. Stardock Windowblinds.

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RE[2]: It sucks
by Nelson on Fri 15th Jun 2012 16:12 in reply to "RE: It sucks"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

The screenshot is of a COLOR CHOOSER for Window borders ergo you can CHANGE the color.

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