Redmond, pretty unceremoniously it must be said, dumped the popular Aero glass UI when it launched Windows 8. Instead, the company went with a much simpler and laid back interface design for its new operating system.

And this is one trend that has continued with Windows 8.1, as the leaked RTM builds confirm.

But while Microsoft is sticking with this new flat UI, and there is no chance of seeing Aero coming back in official capacity, third-party developers are moving in to fill the gap. There is still a substantial portion of the Windows user base that still wants this glassy look.

The developer behind the prominent Aero Glass for Windows 8 program is currently working on a similar application that would bring this transparent interface on Windows 8.1.

And the best bit is that the program is in private beta testing currently, with the public build said to be on ready for launch in October — coinciding with when Microsoft will unveil the final version of its operating system.

The transparency effect was one of the features that users missed the most when Windows 8 first launched, though many seem to have gotten accustomed to the new flat design — a flat design that seems to have started a completely new trend in visual design of software.

Many companies are now shifting towards this design concept. There are shades of this in several new software including Apple for iOS 7 and Mozilla with its redesign of Firefox.

Coding something like this up is in no way easy, obviously, but Windows 8.1 users that prefer the familiar glass based look for their Windows can look forward to this program.

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  1. As much as I love the Metro design philosophy, Microsoft can’t take full credit. Google has been adopting the same flat UI philosophy for a couple years now.

  2. Aero or not, thiny borders and less empty space in the top side of the windows will be appreciated

    • they can’t change those dimensions, or it would break backwards compatibility. Thankfully, there are some ways to get around that issue. Just look at the new version of Office, Google Chrome, or the new versions of the Adobe suite. the developers just have to utilize it.

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