Windows Aero - History

History

The Aero interface was unveiled for Windows Vista as a complete redesign of the Windows interface, replacing Windows XP's "Luna" theme. Until the release of Windows Vista Beta 1 in July 2005, little had been shown of Aero in public or leaked builds. Previous user interfaces were Plex, which was featured in Longhorn builds 3683-4039; Slate, which was featured in build 4042 and was available until build 4093; and Jade (builds 4074, 4083 and 4093. Microsoft started using the Aero theme in public builds in build 5048. The first build with full-featured Aero was build 5219. Build 5270 (released in December 2005) contained an implementation of the Aero theme which was virtually complete, according to sources at Microsoft, though a number of stylistic changes were introduced between then and the operating system's release. Aero was used in Windows 7 with some added features, such as transparency.

Windows 8 sees the introduction of the "Metro" appearance of the Start screen. The "Windows Classic" and "Aero Glass" themes have been removed entirely, and replaced by a new desktop theme with a flatter design and no transparency (aside from the taskbar, which also no longer blurs the background behind it). A new option also allows the color of the window borders to automatically coordinate themselves with a user's wallpaper.

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