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Windows 7 Gets a Dose of High Octane... Wallpapers

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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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    caskachan , 5 May 2009 03:40
    these creep me out T_T
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    MAC_HATER , 5 May 2009 04:35
    whoever designed those wallpapers was on some serious crack ;) 
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    spuddyt , 5 May 2009 05:18
    bottom left is nightmare fuel for small children o.0
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    Parge , 5 May 2009 15:08
    I think they are awesome! The more personalisation options the better! Hence the popularity of stardock etc!
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    marshallman , 5 May 2009 17:27
    Windows acid trip edition.

    and good use of the word 'snazzy'
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    kayzee , 5 May 2009 17:46
    They're pretty weird, but cool I guess. I use the ones with the little box character if anyone knows what I'm talking about. They're really nice, but can't usually find them in the best resolution unfortunately!
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    atomdrift , 5 May 2009 21:00
    that is talented art, but when it comes down to it, I won't ever want any of those on my desktop.
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    Micropat , 6 May 2009 06:17
    Can't say I liked any of the included wallpapers. I usually use my own pictures anyway. I don't know why operating systems come with fancy wallpapers. Can't people just google for some image they like?