The Light theme looks like Gmail/Google Reader to me, and the Dark theme looks like Blend !
Ah... looking forward to some 'Classic Theme' plugins to appear soon in Visual Studio Gallery !
Yes, it's similar to Blend, but looks more refined. And the dark themed code editor looks sleek. Maybe I just found my path of least resistance to VS11...
The dark theme IS nice because it looks like Blend but the grey one is very bland. Having coloured icons makes them easier to distinguish so I'm nit sure about the tiny monochrome icons.
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I kind of like it. Hopefully it's faster too, it's all about functionality after all.
Well I looked at few more blogs and looks like this nearly monochromatic look may be around for RTM.
The reason for this is actually very simple:
PC OEMs can't afford all the new tablet hardware features without cutting cost somewhere. So they've apparently decided to go from 6 bit dithered TN panels to 4 bit.
In particular, allowing larger than 1 bit palette in the icons would be a big no-no.
They need to take a lesson from Windows 8 and XBox. The pure clean flat metro works well on a small surface like a phone, but for a larger screen like a monitor or TV, you can have subtlegradients and shadows to break up the expanse without leaving the design principles of Metro.
Yeah, most of this stuff was already in the PPTs in some form. Which makes me less excited about VS11, and more excited about whatever will replace the PPTs to preview stuff that will eventually turn up in VS12
This is productivity killer. Every things look-alike. It makes you slow down and go over them carefully. At lease outline the icons in difference colors like the Blackberry style so they can be easily recognized.
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