Aero is the new user experience in Windows Vista®, representing both the values embodied in the aesthetics and the vision behind the user interface (UI). Authentic, Energetic, Reflective and Open. Aero aims for a design that is both professional and beautiful.
The Aero UI for Windows Vista is clean and compelling at first sight, efficient and fast for frequent, familiar tasks, and easy to learn for infrequent tasks and initial experiences.
The Aero theme file and application programming interfaces (APIs) make it easy to bring the Aero design to your Windows Vista-based applications. Applications that use the Aero theme will be consistent with Windows Vista while providing the flexibility for application differentiation.
The new translucent glass window frames are an important part of the aesthetic—to be attractive and lightweight. Simply by running on Windows Vista, this aspect of Aero design is integrated with any application that uses the standard non-client window borders. If an application's design calls for additional glass surfaces, developers can use this visual element through the glass API.
New in Windows Vista
- The Aero theme file makes it easy for developers to bring the Windows User Experience design into their applications. The design and functionality of Aero-themed applications will appear to be an extension of Windows Vista. This creates a consistency within the Windows Vista environment that puts users at ease and increases their confidence.
- Windows Vista delivers a new level of quality in glitch-free rendering, delivering great graphics, high dots per inch (DPI), rich 3-D, animations, transitions, and fades.
- Glass window borders and surfaces form a striking aspect of the new design of Windows Vista. These translucent surfaces make an open, less intrusive presentation of windows, displaying users' content and functionality as the most important element on the screen.