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    I’ve mentioned the Open Call project several times in previous blog posts, and I thought I’d talk about it a bit more today. I refer to it as the “open call” because it’s open-ended (there is no deadline or specific end date), and because it’s an open invitation for folks to submit their own images to...
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    Windows 8.1 introduces some great new personalization features . One of my favorites is that now you can show your desktop background–adorned with your favorite theme or wallpaper –on your Start screen. Here’s how: 1. Open Taskbar and Navigation. If you’re on the desktop, the easiest way to get to this...
  • Blog Post: Windows themes: from salt to fire… and lots more

    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...
  • Blog Post: New themes and wallpapers: Alaska, New Zealand, Sweden and sweets!

    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...
  • Blog Post: Windows themes for the armchair traveler

    One of the things I love most about my job is that I get to see thousands of images submitted by artists and photographers from around the world, through the Open Call project . From sweeping landscapes and cityscapes to macro images that show the tiny details of a dried leaf or the reflections in a...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 themes: ‘Tis the season to decorate your desktop!

    I can’t give you real boughs of holly, but hopefully the two new themes we published this week will help you make your PC look a little jollier. The first theme, Decking the Halls , unwraps a gorgeous treasure-trove of shining glass ornaments, ribbons, and sparkling tinsel. To complete the experience...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 themes: the quirky wonderland of Chang Fan-Hsuan

    Most of the Windows 7 themes on the Personalization Gallery feature photography, but we also have quite a few themes that feature painting, illustration, cartoons, calligraphy, and even sculpture . Some of these themes were coordinated by my teammate Zin, in Taiwan, who reached out to several local artists...
  • Blog Post: Windows themes: Happy Mother’s Day!

    Love between mother and child is one of the deepest and most universal bonds there is. In celebration of Mother’s Day, the new Furry Families theme depicts motherly love of many species, including lions, otters, polar bears, horses, foxes, and prairie dogs. Maybe you can grab Mom’s laptop when she’s...
  • Blog Post: Tips for creating great Windows 7 themes, part 2

    In my previous post I gave you several tips for creating great Windows 7 themes . The points I detailed in that post will take you 90% of the way to designing a polished, professional-looking theme. However, there are a few more aspects I also like to keep in mind as finishing touches when I am working...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 themes: autumnal treats, trees, torrents, and more

    What is your favorite season? Of course everyone loves summer and spring, but fall has a special place in my heart, too, despite the famously continuous rainy weather this time of year brings to the Seattle area, where I live. Maybe it’s because November is a month of both nostalgia and anticipation;...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 themes: Open call for art and photography!

    Before I get to my main topic, I have two appetizers for you. The first one features delicious close-ups of one of my favorite food-groups: Chocolate ! Even more beautiful (and much healthier) is the array of gorgeous natural delicacies in Fresh Fruit . Now that you have something to nibble on, we can...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 themes: the stunning spacescapes of GTGraphics

    Several months ago my teammate Christian, in Munich, emailed me some digital paintings by the cryptically-named digital art and design company GTGraphics . “Wouldn’t these make a fantastic theme?” he suggested. “Absolutely!” I replied. And I am very pleased to announce that on May 18 th we published...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 themes: more Halloween décor for your desktop!

    Last week I brought you two Halloween themes – the bright and cheerful Trick or Treat and the ghoulishly ghastly Ticket to Fear . Today’s new theme, Cobblestones and Corridors , provides desktop décor for those who prefer something atmospherically eerie. An another topic, I am excited to report that...
  • Blog Post: Windows themes: from saplings to forests, all for your desktop

    The first Arbor Day was held in Nebraska 140 years ago; by some accounts nearly a million trees were planted that day. Arbor Day is now celebrated in many countries, although the date it’s observed on varies widely from region to region, and depends a lot on the local climate and best times for planting...
  • Blog Post: Bing’s Best 3 Windows 7 Theme

    Back in April, the Bing Team released the Bing’s Best 2 Windows 7 theme. Today, they released the third Bing’s Best theme of Bing homepage images. Go get it ! You can grab Bing’s Best 1 here and Bing’s Best 2 here if you haven’t grabbed these themes already.
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    Last Thursday, we announced the availability of the Windows 8 Release Preview . Over the last few weeks, I’ve been living with the Windows 8 Release Preview on all my devices – from my laptop, to a tablet, to my All-in-One PC at home, and my desktop PC here in my office at work. Windows 8 brings together...
  • Blog Post: Second Bing Theme Available for Windows 7

    Due to the popularity of the first Windows 7 theme of the best Bing homepage images, the Bing Team has released a second Windows 7 theme today was some more incredible images for your Windows 7 desktop. You can download the Bing’s Best 2 Windows 7 theme here . And just in case you never got around to...
  • Blog Post: Want to Know How to Create & Share Themes in Windows 7?

    If you want to know how to create and share Windows 7 themes then this post on the E7 Blog is a must read . You can apply, create, and save themes directly from within the Personalization Control Panel in Windows 7. When you create a theme for Windows 7, Windows 7 collects desktop backgrounds, sounds...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 themes: what’s new… and Gears of War 3 coming soon!

    I am excited to announce that we’ll be bringing you not one, but TWO new themes to celebrate next week’s release of Gears of War 3 ! Check back next week on the “ New ” and “ Games ” tabs of the Themes page to find striking portraits of Marcus Fenix, Dominic Santiago and the other heroes of Delta Squad...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 themes: pilot your desktop on a flight over America

    Have you ever flown in a small plane? Those of you with real pilot experience will laugh, but many years ago I took a flying lesson in what might have been a Cessna 152 or a Piper Cub or possibly a VW Bug with wings. It was a tiny two-person airplane with an engine that sounded like a cross between a...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 themes: art and photography from the community!

    A few weeks ago we launched a new pilot project for you to submit your own art and photography for possible inclusion in a Windows 7 theme or as a wallpaper on the Windows Personalization Gallery . We’ve already received more than a thousand submissions, and more are coming in all the time. Today I am...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Themes – Just for you

    Hi, I’m Jennifer, the site manager for the Windows Personalization Gallery . I maintain and update the gallery (as well as the rest of the Downloads section), and produce new personalization content. One of the main things I do is manage and create Windows 7 themes. My regular blog posts about the gallery...
  • Blog Post: Notes on the Windows 7 Demo from Today’s PDC Keynote

    Just a few hours ago, Steven Sinofsky, Senior Vice President for Windows and Windows Live Engineering, did his keynote here at PDC2008 unveiling Windows 7 to the world for the first time. Steven asked Julie Larson-Green, Corporate Vice President of the Windows Experience, to come up on stage and demo...
  • Blog Post: Windows themes: colored eggs, yellow fluff, and new games

    Spring is here! How do I know? Well, reason #1 is that last weekend brought some of the first sunny weather the greater Seattle area has seen in what seems like months, and I was able to dig weeds out of the rock garden without wearing a jacket. And second, because daffodils and crocuses are blooming...
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    On April 11 th we published a theme featuring the dreamlike world of water-drops, as revealed by the macro photography of J.P. Peter . I asked Jan about this project, and what gave him the idea. Jan replied, “On a blog I read about macro photography with reverse mounted lenses and tried that technique...