R.I.P., Windows Vista and Windows 7 Aero
Move over Windows Vista and Windows 7 Aero, Windows 8 Metro UI is here
R.I.P. (Rest in Peace) Windows Aero. The Windows Vista and Windows 7 Aero interface that we all are so familiar with, will no longer be there in Windows 8. The Release Preview version of Windows 8 offers a glimpse of the new Metro desktop interface. Microsoft has its own reasons for eliminating the Aero interface that was used in Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Microsoft’s reasons for eliminating Windows Aero
In a blog post by Jensen Harris, Director of Program Management for the User Experience team of Microsoft, the company has decided to drop the Windows Vista and Windows 7 Aero theme from Windows 8. Here’s what he has to say:
We spent a lot of energy carefully considering how substantially to update the appearance of the desktop in Windows 8. Our primary goal was to bring visual harmony to Windows, while still preserving much of the familiar feel of the Windows 7 desktop and not sacrificing the compatibility of existing apps.
In the end, we decided to bring the desktop closer to the Metro aesthetic, while preserving the compatibility afforded by not changing the size of window chrome, controls, or system UI. We have moved beyond Aero Glass—flattening surfaces, removing reflections, and scaling back distracting gradients.
Some of the proposed changes have not been included in Windows 8 Release Preview, but will be incorporated in the retail edition of the operating system.
Most PC users will miss Windows Aero
The Windows 8 Metro UI is a refreshing change to the old desktop interface. However, most computer users will miss the Windows Vista and Windows 7 Aero theme. Windows Aero brought along with it subtle animations and translucent glass windows to the otherwise simple UI. The Metro interface seems to be tailor-made for the touch-screen tablets. One of the reasons for doing away with Windows Aero could be to improve the battery life as this feature is graphics-intensive.
It’s time to move on Windows Aero, Windows 8 Metro is coming.