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    We have a lot of wildlife photography on the Personalization Gallery , including themes and wallpapers featuring wolves , tigers , polar bears , mustangs , dolphins , tropical fish , birds of various kinds – including owls and other birds of prey – and a wide variety of other furry families . But I felt...
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    Sometimes I wonder who came up with the idea of green beer… and why it ever caught on. I mean sure, green is great, but personally I prefer my beer to be beer-colored . If, on the other hand, you’d like your Windows desktop to wear the green, we do have a few themes to help you set the mood for St. Patrick...
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    Mardi Gras is less than two weeks away, and in many parts of the world folks are putting the finishing touches on gorgeous costumes and parade floats, to be unveiled at the big event on March 4. In fact, Carnival has already begun in some cities. You may not be able to make it to Venice or Rio to take...
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    In a recent blog post I provided a behind-the-scenes look at the Open Call , and today I have more to share about that. Longtime visitors to the Windows Personalization Gallery may remember our “dynamic” themes, which I updated over time with additional images via an RSS feed. We had several different...
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    I’m a very visual person, and I am all about personalizing my space. My cube at work is packed with plants and quirky décor; my house is overflowing with art; and in my free time I can often be found painting, drawing, or designing something (fabric, clothing, jewelry, etc.). So it’s not hard to understand...
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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...
  • Blog Post: Windows themes and wallpapers: both old friends and new

    The holidays can be a time to reconnect with old friends. It’s also the time of year when I bring out dusty cardboard boxes of fragile glass ornaments nested in tissue paper, as well as awkwardly childish creations made from salt-dough and glitter. Some of the ornaments are “new,” meaning I bought them...
  • Blog Post: New Windows themes for the beginning of winter

    I think those of us who live in the Pacific Northwest may have a unique relationship with snow. This is just conjecture, but I suspect that folks who live in Fargo, Fairbanks, Buffalo, or Boston don’t greet winter’s first snowfall with childlike delight, considering that every winter features week after...
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    Today’s Personalization Gallery blog post is brought to you by the letters A, B, C, and E , and the number 10 . A is for Animals , and I am thrilled to bring you a brand-new panoramic theme featuring dramatic portraits of many different species in their natural habitats. This set of sweeping scenes is...
  • Blog Post: New Windows themes: kittens, puppies, and a world in color

    Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but there are days when I envy my cats. Every morning, I head out the door thinking about everything I need to get done at work that day, whereas the only item on their agenda is to get in some serious napping. Cats elevate rest and relaxation to an art-form – they nap like...
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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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    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: Getting ready for spring with Windows themes

    I am so over winter. I am so done hoping we might get some actual snow (a rarity here in the mild maritime Pacific Northwest), and so ready to move on to spring. And although it’s still cold, wet, and rainy outside, I can create a little bit of sunny springtime renewal on my Windows desktop with the...
  • Blog Post: Using a gallery wallpaper on your lock screen in Windows 8 or Windows RT

    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: New theme roundup

    It’s a new year, and in the Windows Personalization Gallery we’ve been busily working on new themes and wallpapers for you. One of the newest and most exciting is our Halo 4 theme , which just published today; this theme brings Halo 4 heroes to your Windows desktop. Continuing in a similarly futuristic...
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    I just have a quick update for you this week, to let you know about our brand-new Jack Reacher theme which lets you get your Windows desktop ready for the December 21 release of the Jack Reacher movie! Also, don’t forget to check out the Holidays & seasons tabs on the themes and wallpapers pages...
  • Blog Post: Holiday goodies for your Windows desktop!

    Have you started baking for the holidays yet? This is the time of year when I get out the family gingerbread recipe and make sure I have enough flour, molasses, cinnamon, and cloves to see me through this season of making hot mulled cider and baking cookies. If you’d like a little baking inspiration...
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    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: Personalize Windows 7 with the Personalization Gallery on Windows.com

    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...
  • 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...