Some of you may, and some of you may not, (so that’s everybody) know Windows Vista has 4 tiers of user interface experience, from the best to worst: Aero Glass, Vista Standard, Vista Basic and Windows Classic. So why so many? Who knows, graphics designers unemployment at an all time low in Redmond? But regardless of whether you like it or not, these are the choices that will be shipping with Vista so let’s understand it while we can.
I have taken the liberty (because no one else is as bored as I am) of taking 28 screenshots to compare the 4 different interfaces. These were taken on the same applications and layouts to give you a feel of the exact changes it makes to an user experience. The default screenshot is always the Aero Glass interface, and hover over the buttons to reveal the selected interface. Click the button to reveal a full-screen version of the screenshot.
Please note: the images may take short while to appear due to the high quality and large file sizes.
Internet Explorer 7
Windows Media Player 11
Sidebar gadgets control panel
Search and Windows Explorer
Speech recognition and control panel
Now each interface can be customized with limitless options such as colors, fonts and sizes. Therefore, you’ll never get bored of your Vista interface ever! Since you could probably change it every second and you still won’t see every shade of green by the time Windows Codename Vienna comes out.