Windows 8: Automatic Aero colorization based on wallpapers

By Tom Warren, on 6th Apr 11 9:37 pm with 11 Comments

Windows 8 Automatic Aero color

Microsoft is planning to auto color the Aero UI inside Windows 8 to correspond to a users wallpaper choice.

The latest in a series of leaks by Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott reveals the latest customisation feature for Windows 8. Microsoft has added an automatic color selection tool for the Aero border color. The control works by picking up colors from a users wallpaper. Rivera has posted several screenshots of the new feature in action which demonstrates the Aero border color switching based on several wallpapers.

Microsoft is believed to be working on a Metro design user interface for Windows 8. Leaked screenshots, posted earlier this month, also show a flattened Metro UI interface codenamed “Aero Lite”.  The screenshots show a flattened interface consistent with Microsoft’s Metro UI. Microsoft’s primary Windows 8 interface is believed to be fully 3D. The interface will be “fully dynamic” and able to adapt to user habits. Icons and shortcuts will adapt to different usage scenarios to speed up daily tasks. Windows 8 is also rumored to include a new fast hibernation system. The system will hibernate in around three to six seconds and save all open documents and running tasks. Rumors suggest that Microsoft will create a dual-UI for Windows 8. A tile-based user interface codenamed “Mosh” will reportedly be included.

The software giant is also planning its own Time Machine feature named “History Vault”. The feature will allow Windows 8 users to backup files and data automatically using the Shadow Copies function of Windows. According to one person familiar with the company’s plans, the backup feature will include the ability to restore to a specific time or date on the system. Users will also be able to select files and restore them to different timestamps.

Microsoft has so far been extremely quiet on the Windows 8 front. Windows Chief, Steven Sinofsky, took to the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January to introduce a technology preview of Microsoft’s Windows ARM support and show off an early build of Windows 8. Microsoft is partnering with ARM-based manufactures NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments to produce new Tablet devices.

Microsoft has started to distribute Windows 8 builds to key OEM partners via its Connect testing site. The company has distributed build 7971.0.110324-1900 to OEMs in a special invite only “Windows 8 and Server vNext Pre-Release Program.”

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  • ThePro

    At last!

    It’s a really cool feature :)

  • Mykel

    very nice.. i like this instead of having to change the color scheme myself.. opens up to a wider selection of wallpapers without having just a select group that matches the task bar color.

  • Anonymous

    That’s sweet.

  • 7echno7im

    Funny you mention this, seems like IE9 is already doing this when you pin web apps. If you pin web sites in Windows 7 with IE9, the color of the butons chnage accroding to the favicon.

  • Josè Daniel

    They could had added this to Windows 7 through SP1 but oh well it’s not something you really need. It is a nice minor new feature, though! :)

  • Avatar X

    Is what in a taskbar icon is called “hot streak” or “Heat Map”. Just applied to the whoe aero ui.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a nice touch, minor, but cool.

    btw: the first paragraph is the only thing that’s news, then followed by 4 paragraphs of recap. There’s some sort of windows 8 article every few days or so and it all seems to have the same content appart from the first few lines. I find that kind of annoying, no?

    • Ion

      Yeah it is annoying IMO… Same news article at Neowin was able to do without any dumb recaps… I don’t know why here at Winrumors, they ruin it with same old…

  • SecretRomeo

    I guess they removed options for Color Intensity and Color Mixer… WHY!!!

    • Guest

      Probably because he selected “Automatic” as a current colour. I suppose if you manually pick a colour those options will still be available. Thats just a guess though.

  • Juan Pablo

    Cool I asked for that feature on the w7 beta test… :D