“Microsoft has announced plans to peddle Windows 7 desktop space to advertisers, who’ll create Windows UI themes–customized backgrounds, audio clips, and other elements–that highlight their brand,” Bertolucci reports.
These things “won’t be foisted on unsuspecting users. Rather, you’ll have to download and install the ad pitch yourself. As a result, I doubt many Windows 7 users will gripe about ad themes,” Bertolucci reports. “Hey, if you’re a Preparation H fan, why not devote the desktop to your favorite ointment?”
“Microsoft may have refuted the claims of its blabbermouth employee who told a British publication that Windows 7 cribbed its sleek appearance from Mac OS X. (Bad career move there.) But any casual observer can tell that Windows has borrowed more than a few UI concepts from Apple over the years,” Bertolucci writes. “I don’t see why things would change now. [However] if Microsoft truly wants a Mac-like experience for Windows 7 users, it should lock down the desktop.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “HMCIV” for the heads up.]