Windows 7 UI

Microsoft has “officially” released the Windows 7 UI. It’s like Vista, but twice as bad. It’s probably going to hog twice as much memory, and will require twice as much graphics power. Whereas Apple uses shines and reflections sparingly (mostly in icons and dock), Microsoft has made just about everything in Windows 7 shiny and glossy. Even the context menus have thick transparent borders. The start bar has been improved worsened. The way the programs are minimized looks remarkably like the Mac OS X dock. It’s big, transparent, and shiny. As an added bonus, you can get memory-consuming previews of the program(s) when you hover over the icon(s). Microsoft is obsessed with glossy, I swear. When you hover over the Start button, it sparkles… The poor rollovers are still around, meaning when you hover over a menu/selection item, it shows up as a pale, yucky blue. The sidebar is gone, meaning you can clutter up your entire desktop with pointless gadgets, that sit there all day eating up your memory. When you right-click on something in the system tray, the options are almost exactly the same as Mac OS X’s. Here are some “official” screenshots of this debauchery:

The Full Horror

The Full Horror

The Network Dialog

The Network Dialog

The Battery Dialog

The Battery Dialog

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