Microsoft dumps 'Aero' UI in Windows 8, 'Metro-izes' desktop
Won't reveal Windows 8's final desktop user interface until launch later this year
May 21, 2012 06:45 AM ET
Microsoft said Friday that it is abandoning the "Aero" user interface with Windows 8, calling the UI that debuted in Vista and continued in Windows 7, "cheesy" and "dated."
Battery power, in fact, seemed to be the one goal that applied to the desktop GUI, something well-known Windows blogger Paul Thurrott noticed when he speculated that the effort to extend battery life was the reason for Aero's demise.
Also in his missive, Harris countered naysayers who have hammered Windows 8 for its touch-centric philosophy or for the lack of a . He reminded them of early criticism when Windows took to the mouse, and the need to coach users of Windows 95 on how to use that edition's Start button.