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    A few months ago when I was researching images for other projects, I stumbled across some otherworldly photographs of salt formations in the Dead Sea and was immediately transfixed. I wanted to find out more about these forbidding but strangely beautiful scenes created by an evaporation of seawater that...
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    Many years ago, I spent a week visiting my brother in Alaska. At the time, he was working on a fishing boat out of Homer, and I spent several days on the boat enjoying the sights of Kachemak Bay and the Kenai Peninsula. The impression that struck me immediately as my flight descended toward the tarmac...
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    The other day I was looking at comments people had left in the Personalization Gallery , and I noticed that someone asked, “How can I change my cartoon Space Needle lock screen picture to something different?” After getting over my surprise that not everyone loves the Space Needle as much as those of...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 themes: In with the new

    Happy New Year! Whether you celebrated it on January 1 st (with fireworks !) or plan to do so on January 14 th or January 23 rd or another date, I wish you a wonderful 2012. It’s interesting that most of the world marks the turn of the year around this time. January 23 rd brings the start of the Year...
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    In my previous Themes Thursday blog post I introduced the photography of Josh Sommers with the HDR and double-exposure images in the Beach Sunsets theme . This week I have the pleasure of bringing you another theme featuring Josh’s work: this new Illusions theme provides a more complete introduction...
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    As I mentioned in a previous blog post , over the past year my teammate Zin, in Taiwan, has been spearheading theme projects featuring the works of many local artists. This week we have two new themes from Zin, created by the artist Cheng Ling; “ Taiwan Culture Sketches ” and “ Behind the Masks .” Ms...
  • Blog Post: Around the world with Windows 7 themes

    When you first got Windows 7 and started exploring its personalization options, you might have noticed that there was already a theme for your country when you went to the Personalization control panel. I’m in the United States, so you can see that’s the theme I have here in my Personalization control...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Themes: Where was this photo taken?

    November has arrived, which means day after day of gray skies and rain here in the Pacific Northwest.  But I have a new theme to beautify and brighten your season  – Harvest Time !  For those of us in the United States, this theme comes just in time for Thanksgiving , but I designed it...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 themes: Escape to the seaside

    Some days, all I want is to sail away… or to lie on a beach somewhere, hearing the pounding surf, while I drowse over a book. My two newest themes are for all of you who need a virtual vacation. My hope is they’ll bring you a little bit of seaside relaxation, without requiring you to actually get on...
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    One of my favorite things about Windows 7 is how you can customize it and make it your own. Our personalization features give Windows 7 the ability to be as individual and to reflect who you are! Adding to this is a new Personalization Gallery on Windows.com, launched on Oct 22nd. With Windows 7, we...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 themes: Holiday décor for your desktop

    Snow is falling as I write this, and soon twinkling colored lights will adorn rooflines and front yards everywhere. So, in case you want to decorate your desktop to match, I have a festive new Windows 7 theme for you – Holiday Lights! Also, for all you Halo Reach fans, next week you'll have an opportunity...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 themes: candlelight, snowflakes, and new dynamic themes

    If you checked the Windows Personalization Gallery last week you might have noticed the quiet arrival of a lovely new Windows 7 theme : Candlelight . This theme brings the serene illumination of candles year-round to your desktop, with images not only of lighted tapers reflected in frosted windowpanes...
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    It’s very easy to create Windows 7 themes . With just a few clicks, you can transform a set of digital photos on your PC into a new look for your desktop. But creating an excellent Windows 7 theme that many people will enjoy can be more challenging. In this post I’ll give you some tips for creating great...
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    Ah, February. The favorite month of florists the world over… at least anywhere Valentine’s Day is customarily celebrated with gifts of flowers. And of all flowers throughout history, the rose is the most enduring symbol of love. Sadly, although the symbol endures, a real fresh-cut rose doesn’t stay lovely...
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    Here comes Fat Tuesday! It’s time to set a party mood with the new Masquerade theme , which features elegant and mysterious masks for celebrating Mardi Gras and Carnival. In other current events, the wacky new Xbox Live game for Windows Phone, Chickens Can’t Fly , was just released. This new Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 themes: December brings snow, angels, movies, and more

    In December we launched several new Windows 7 themes for the holidays .  If you’re looking for something seasonal, falling snowflakes and seraphic maidens float through the dreamlike Snow Angels theme . The new Winter theme features visions of sun on sparkling snow, icy pink sunrises, white mountain...
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    We’re kicking the year off with several new Windows 7 themes. In case you missed it, we celebrated New Years with the Fireworks theme , which features gorgeous firework displays from around the world. Next up is Arctic theme , which brings stunning photography of the frozen North and its wildlife to...
  • Blog Post: Windows themes: the end of the rainbow

    According to legend, anyone lucky enough to find the end of the rainbow might discover a leprechaun’s hoard of hidden gold. Although we can’t guarantee a pot of gold, you can bring the fleeting magic of rainbows to your Windows desktop; the ephemeral colors in our new theme arc over landscapes from Iceland...
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    You may have heard that Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released last week! We also published a theme that showcases some of the new desktop theming features available in Windows 8 . First of all, I just want to clarify one point – all of our Windows 7 themes also work in Windows 8. But the reverse is...
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    Are you working on your Halloween costumes yet? I’m just putting the finishing touches on mine. And to help you get into the Halloween spirit, I have two new Windows 7 themes for you this week. The first one – Trick or Treat! – is a bright and cheerful collection of seasonal sweets and glowing jack-o...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 themes: ice and globes

    This week’s new themes are brought to you by the concepts of cold and round , and the numeral 4. In the cold category, we have Ice Water and Party Ice , which both star the protean element of water in one of its most beautiful forms. Colored lights shining and reflecting through the irregular facets...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 themes: what’s new and what’s popular!

    In previous blog posts I’ve mentioned some of my teammates around the world , and this week I wanted to say a bit more about a few of them. Do they spend all their time working on themes? Well, actually, no – their responsibilities are much broader than that. For example, I’ve mentioned Magnus in Stockholm...
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    It’s been a busy month on the Windows 7 themes gallery : we’ve published a diversity of new themes in which we venture into the past and explore the future, and celebrate the beauty of birds, the magnificence of historic architecture, and several hot new movie releases. First up: Classic Manga Action...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 themes: Spring brings a new crop to your desktop!

    Yes, spring is finally coming to the northern hemisphere… although those of you who live in the Pacific Northwest of the United States like I do may have your doubts about this! I know I was starting to feel that spring might never arrive, but we finally had a few days in a row without rain, and were...