How would you like to see the Windows UI evolve?

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How would you like to see the Windows UI evolve?

Post by hougtimo »

This has been the topic of a few conversations I have had recently. Everyone has a different idea of how they want the Windows Interface to go.

I'm really interested to see how people on here would like Aero to develop.

I personally love Aero and would like to see it freshened up a bit maybe with Vista SP2 (or similar) - more polished. I have prepared some screenshots of how I would like to see AERO ending up.

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Although this picture has a Longhorn style Start button, I don't mind the orb. This picture mainly reffers to the transparency on the taskbar.

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Again, I would love to see the glass toasts return. Sure they can be replicated at the moment, but it would be great to have them "built in"

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Bigger thumbnails from the taskbar. I find the standard size too small to properly see whats running!

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This sort of thing was Demo'd while Longhorn was in development. Again, I would like to see this in Vista.

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I prefer these window borders. They look classier & more polised than Vista's standard

The shots below are mockups that I did over a year ago now, showing the sort of thing I'd like to see in Windows 7+

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~HougTimo

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Post by Carl »

That looks really nice .
The glass toast should be full glass and a bit smaller, I think. You're completely right on the thumbnails. Sometimes they even just show the icon of the program xD.
The explorer should also be more Aero'ed.

Those last 3 screen shots remind me of an idea I had a couple weeks ago: The ability to put some shortcuts and information into the Flip 3D .
Is there actually a place from Microsoft where you can post/mail suggestions like this for the next Windows (7)?

Edootjuh

Post by Edootjuh »

What I'd really like to see is something like the Longhorn Sidebar, back in Vista or 7. I'm using this sidebar: http://www.aeroxp.org/board/index.php?showtopic=10441 full time now, and I couldn't live without it.
It's really an extension to the system tray. Information that matters to you, always there when you need it.

hounsell

Post by hounsell »

Yeh, I've used that from time to time. It's definitely useful, and I prefer it to the standard sidebar.

Banisher

Post by Banisher »

@ pic2: I think the border is a bit too thick, would look better if it only had a small one.

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