Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Dec 2012 22:59 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces "In this article I'm going to talk about what flat design is, review what other designers are saying about it, and offer some tips on how to achieve it in your own designs." I give you one attempt to guess which 'design aesthetic' the next version of OSNews is inspired by. And yes, we will eventually get it done.
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BluenoseJake
Member since:
2005-08-11

Windows is designed to be skinned, MS just doesn't provide any mechanism to do this, and put artificial roadblocks in place to keep you from doing it.

Why? I have no idea.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Maybe a leftover from how MS forbid OEMs to customise Windows images too much? (IIRC, in the first half of the 90s some PCs even shipped with OEM-specific shell replacements) To maintain consistent trade dress of Windows?

Though that still could be forbidden to OEMs while leaving the option open by default to users... OTOH, MS didn't try very hard to block it.

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ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

Maybe a leftover from how MS forbid OEMs to customise Windows images too much?


Actually, I think it's a leftover from the days of Plus! for Windows XP, Microsoft's brief foray into selling themes the same way many modern games sell skins as DLC.

Edited 2012-12-20 01:52 UTC

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