With Windows 8 looming over the horizon, it’s no wonder people are anticipating a better look at the OS at Microsoft’s Build conference this month. Most Windows users are already familiar, if not sickened, with the typical Windows desktop. The tablet UI is not just a theme or skin pasted over the normal desktop. It appears that there is an option for users to choose between using the regular Windows 8 desktop and the new Tablet UI.
The Tablet UI is, of course, designed with touch friendliness in mind. One thing they should keep in mind is that Windows users love to customize. There is no single desktop experience; each person demands his own unique experience. While there are numerous customizations allowed for Windows 7, and a large selection of Windows 8 themes and wallpapers, is there similar support for the Tablet UI?
The answer is I don’t know. It seems pretty obvious that people who would use the Tablet UI will be finding a way to change how their desktop looks like. Nobody wants to be stuck with the same old boring and bland display. Customization has always been a part of the desktop experience. Why make it different for the tablet interface?
While it may take a lot of convincing to make Microsoft actually listen to its consumers, it is not unthinkable to wait for some weeks before some helpful hacking would provide support to changing the Tablet UI skin or theme. Providing for customization is really a no-brainer. Who wouldn’t want the ability to change the look of their Tablet UI all the time?
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