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Windows 7 Gets Dose of High Octane...Wallpapers

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 44 comments

Microsoft makes Windows 7 snazzy with wallpapers.

Those who have already gotten their hands on Windows 7 will notice several things that are different. For one, Microsoft has been more transparent than ever in its development process. That could be due to the change in how people use the internet these days as compared to Windows Vista.

One thing is for sure though, and that is that Windows 7 feels more geared towards the user experience than ever. Microsoft feels that part of that has to do with the operating system’s personality; and while the company has never been one filled with character (at least compared to some of its competitors), it has gone to lengths to make Windows 7 feel more inviting.

How did Microsoft start by making Windows 7 different? Wallpapers.

“When folks send us screenshots using the feedback button, we are regularly inspired by the rich diversity and personality of the wallpapers that people choose,” read an entry from the Engineering Windows 7 blog, written by Denise Trabona and Samuel Moreau. “We wanted to stretch into some new content that felt unique, timely, and with a distinct point of view. Our goal was content that balanced the timelessness of great photography with graphical illustrations that are energetic, modern, and fresh.”

“Inspired by our neighbors in Zune, we worked with an agency called 72 and Sunny to search for illustrators around the world to create one-of-a-kind art work for you to have in Windows 7,” the blog continued.  “Finally, we wanted to recognize the global audience of Windows by seeking out illustrators with varied backgrounds and styles with the intention of representing and appealing to people all around the world.”

Check out some of the examples below. For more information on the individual pieces, there are links in Microsoft’s blog post.

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    Cache , May 4, 2009 7:26 PM
    Very artsy compared to previous Windows wallpapers. Although I have to say, that one with the grey-colored kids smiling and doing barrel rolls really creeps me out. Like... seriously creeps me out.
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    captaincharisma , May 4, 2009 7:09 PM
    come on guys enough with the windows 7 news i mean the windows XP VM was fine but now reporting on what wallpapers windows 7 has? i mean really who cares
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    theJ , May 4, 2009 7:18 PM
    “Inspired by our neighbors in Zune, we worked with an agency called 72 and Sunny to search for illustrators around the world to create one-of-a-kind art work for you to have in Windows 7,”

    It won't be one of a kind when everyone has the same preloaded backgrounds. One of the reasons people pick the wallpapers they do is because they want their computers to be unique.

    I for one will find my own when i finally am able to upgrade to Windows 7.
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    Sicundercover , May 4, 2009 7:20 PM
    Wow, Im a W7 fan and all but the day is half over already and this is the best news we can dig up around here.
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    Cache , May 4, 2009 7:26 PM
    Very artsy compared to previous Windows wallpapers. Although I have to say, that one with the grey-colored kids smiling and doing barrel rolls really creeps me out. Like... seriously creeps me out.
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    Parrdacc , May 4, 2009 7:29 PM
    Well I for one am very interested in the wallpapers man. *cough* *cough* Oh man that was some good....what! oh, never mind. Nice that they got, what seems to be a sixties inspiration, wallpapers, but something with a little more depth would have been better.
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    ravewulf , May 4, 2009 7:29 PM
    SicundercoverWow, Im a W7 fan and all but the day is half over already and this is the best news we can dig up around here.

    I think it might be partly due to the anticipation of public availability tomorrow
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    fulle , May 4, 2009 7:33 PM
    @Cache
    Me too man, me too. Reminds me of that old horror flick, with the little critters that bunch in a ball, and roll over you, mouths eating your flesh off. *shudders*
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    ceteras , May 4, 2009 7:33 PM
    Nice try. I've always wondered if people at M$ really care about how windows looks...
    I mean their bundled wallpapers usually suck.
    Now, these ones are plain ugly! I wouldn't put any of them on my desktop.

    I think it's really nice we get to know so much about this new OS before launch, and W7 seems to be a good OS. But these ... no way!
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    harshahorizon , May 4, 2009 7:34 PM
    who actually cares about wallpapers...............if someone need more wallpapers download it
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    Verdauga , May 4, 2009 7:43 PM
    While I am all for promotion of international cooperation and new design and all that...could we get some wallpapers that are just as cool but perhaps a bit more traditional in design? I mean, true, it's not all that important (since I just make my own wallpaper usually) but I would like to see a new creative background that isn't gaudy and/or filled with creepy white baby...things. =)
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    war2k9 , May 4, 2009 7:54 PM
    With wallpapers like these I want win7 now!
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    cryogenic , May 4, 2009 8:03 PM
    VerdaugaWhile I am all for promotion of international cooperation and new design and all that...could we get some wallpapers that are just as cool but perhaps a bit more traditional in design? I mean, true, it's not all that important (since I just make my own wallpaper usually) but I would like to see a new creative background that isn't gaudy and/or filled with creepy white baby...things. =)


    There already are a handful of traditional wallpapers in windows 7 starting with earlier builds, but these new highly colorful wallpapers will look good on the desktops of PCs and laptops that are displayed on the shelves of major stores ... (without messing with the operating system), me thinks.

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    dman3k , May 4, 2009 8:03 PM
    me wuv that image 35, by Punga!
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    bill gates is your daddy , May 4, 2009 8:07 PM
    CacheVery artsy compared to previous Windows wallpapers. Although I have to say, that one with the grey-colored kids smiling and doing barrel rolls really creeps me out. Like... seriously creeps me out.


    Those are not kids. Those are some creepy rabbity things. They remind me a lot of Max from the Sam and Max games. (best games ever)
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    FlayerSlayer , May 4, 2009 8:22 PM
    While I can appreciate having some variety in wallpapers other than stock photos of mountains, lakes, closeups of flowers, etc, those are just terrible. What, must every picture with "octane and personality" look like someone threw up a box of crayons?

    It's all moot anyway though, as everyone has their own taste. Some want car images, some want models, some want cartoons, some want rendered surrealistic scenes, some want movie posters. I defy Windows to have enough default wallpapers to please more than a small portion of people. I was content to have the non-offensive nature scenes until replacing them with my own personalized walls.

    Or is this MS saying "Everyone is unique, so here are some default images to show how much of an individual you are using a standard wall that came in the box"?
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    tamick88 , May 4, 2009 8:34 PM
    wow these backgrounds are... interesting. anyone else reminded of pokemon/digimon/other japanese cartoons? i guess its all a matter of taste but not what i'd expect from ms...
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    michaelahess , May 4, 2009 8:38 PM
    My wife's a nature photographer, I'll just keep using hers :)  She would kill me if I didn't, but that's beside the point.
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    Anonymous , May 4, 2009 8:51 PM
    Awwwful! Did some 7 year old draw those with MS paint? Tsiizz.
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    FSXFan , May 4, 2009 9:08 PM
    They look real nice.... if you're a 10 year old girl.
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    ksenter , May 4, 2009 9:20 PM
    Meh... These are ok but I've been using the RC a few days now (I'm a MSDN subscriber), and I really like the new nature pics they included in the RC. I didn't even notice these, guess I wasn't really looking for them.
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