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Bye-Bye, Aero

Aero was released with a lot of fanfare. It is now being killed  off with not so much fanfare. Sort of like that old Hollywood actor that you aren't sure is still alive or not.

Well, Aero will officially not make the Windows 8 cut. There is no place for a rather useless semi-transparent overlay for Metro, I reckon.

Seemingly no one else noticed the lack of Aero in the Win 8 test releases. I'm not sure it was even necessary for Microsoft exec Jensen Harris to write a 1,300 word obituary for Aero.

According to Harris, Windows 8 is all about user interface unification, bringing the desktop UI into the world of tablets and phones. Aero just doesn't fit that model.

That sort of makes sense, though I still need to see if Win 8 truly unifies or fragments the UI. After all, we'll be using traditional apps for many years to come (alongside the Metro OS UI and new Metro apps).

How will your mind cope with this change? Are you already playing with Win 8 and has this been at all an issue? Will you miss Aero? Explain at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 05/23/2012 at 1:19 PM


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