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 PostPost subject: Windows 7 may have application-specific glass colorization        Posted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:11 am 
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You guys want Windows 7 news? Here is some, as dull as it may be.

Source: http://arstechnica.com/journals/microso ... lorization

According to patent #7418668, Windows 7 may be getting a feature that some might find very useful and interesting, while others will find annoying and inconsistent. The patent, filed for on November 30, 2005, and received on August 26, 2008, describes a method for making the color of the glass window different per application. Is this somehow related to Aero's successor? Here is the abstract, worth quoting in full:

A method for changing a color value and/or level of opacity value of a glass appearance window frame for an application window is described. The method includes steps of determining a defined color value and a defined level of opacity value to apply to a glass appearance window frame and displaying the glass appearance window frame in accordance with the defined color value and the defined level of opacity value. A command may be received to apply the defined color value and the defined level of opacity value to the glass appearance window frame, thereby applying the defined color value and level of opacity value to the glass appearance window frame. Color values and/or level of opacity values may be changed automatically, be application specific, and/or be changed in response to receipt of an input from a user to change one or more portions of a default configuration.

In Windows Vista, it is already possible to slightly alter the color of Aero, but this affects every single window for every single application. What this patent is suggesting is having different colors for different applications. Maybe if your application uses a green background, your window could as well. Or maybe if your security software finds a virus, it wants to flash its window back and forth from its current color to red. This could also be somehow related to the colored tabs IE8 received with Beta 2 (please, no colored tabs for Windows Explorer!). Quite frankly, the possibilities are numerous for using such a technology, but until we see an early beta build of Windows 7, we won't know if the implementation is good, assuming the patent is put to use at all.


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Interesting. Unfortunately with Vista, Microsoft put in a Patent for Glass with Rays that moved with the time of day iirc. We didn't see anything like that :(

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