Retrieving Windows 8 Theme Colours

See also: Windows 8 Theme Colours Reference. Windows 8 doesn’t offer developers access to system theme colours, unlike its cousin, Windows Phone. Even for a version 1 product, this seems like a strange omission. Then again, we still don’t have a working public API for retrieving the Aero glass colour (or whatever we call it… Continue reading Retrieving Windows 8 Theme Colours

FastPictureViewer Codec Pack, Windows 8 and WPF don’t play nicely together

Update (2012-09-06): After some trial and error, it seems the Canon Hack Development Kit (CHDK) component is causing the issue. If you’re experiencing the same problem, try removing this component. Update (2012-09-05): The FastPictureViewer support team was unable to reproduce the issue, but suggested it might have something to do with the JPEG Auto-Rotate feature.… Continue reading FastPictureViewer Codec Pack, Windows 8 and WPF don’t play nicely together

Segoe UI Light Improvements in Windows 8

Windows 7 comes with Segoe UI Light version 5.00/0.90. Windows 8 (as of the Windows Consumer Preview) comes with version 5.15, which has been hinted at various sizes. This comes as a very welcome change, especially with Microsoft using Segoe UI Light all over the place in its latest webpage designs. I recommend grabbing the… Continue reading Segoe UI Light Improvements in Windows 8

Windows System Colours Reference

I’ve put together a reference of Windows system colours from Windows XP to the Windows Developer Preview (and I’ll update it when the Windows Consumer Preview is released in the near future). Check it out here.

Facebook Messenger for Windows is not just for Windows 7

Facebook recently launched ‘Messenger for Windows’, a desktop client for Facebook chat. The Messenger for Windows help page suggests that the program requires Windows 7: What kind of computer operating system do I need in order to use Messenger for Windows? You can set up the app if you use Windows 7 on your computer.… Continue reading Facebook Messenger for Windows is not just for Windows 7

Windows 8: Bypassing the Start screen

After using the Windows Developer Preview (that is, Windows 8 pre-beta) build for a little while, I’m not at all sold on the Start screen as a replacement for the Start menu for keyboard-and-mouse users. I’m not giving up all hope yet, though – I wasn’t overly fond of the Backstage view when I first… Continue reading Windows 8: Bypassing the Start screen

Office 15: per application border colours?

Winreview.ru’s latest Office 15 screenshots reveal application-specific border colours and drop-shadows. Word gets a dark blue border and shadow, Excel gets a green border and shadow, etc.: Microsoft in fact applied for a patent for per-window glass colourisation in late 2005 (‘Glass appearance window frame colorization’; discovered by Long Zheng in 2007). While there isn’t… Continue reading Office 15: per application border colours?