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Windows 7 Gets Dose of High Octane...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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  • captaincharisma
    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
    “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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    @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
    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
    who actually cares about wallpapers...............if someone need more wallpapers download it
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  • Verdauga
    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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