First Windows 8 Theme Released

Microsoft has fundamentally changed the company’s desktop operating system personalization strategy with the release of Windows 7. Vista and XP users together received less than a dozen official themes ever since they were released to the public. The theme engine changes in Windows 7 made it a lot easier to create and distribute themes. Windows 7’s Personalization Gallery is filled with hundreds of official themes, and while they do not alter core elements of the operating system, they offer enough personalization to please the majority of users. And those who need full conversions can still download third party themes to install them on top of the operating system. It appears that Microsoft is planning to continue the personalization strategy in Windows 8. The Redmond company today has released the first official Windows 8 theme. The Nightfall and Starlight panoramic themeis a dual monitor theme exclusively designed for the Windows 8 operating system.

Designed to extend seamlessly across dual monitors with identical resolution settings, this dramatic free theme for your Windows 8 Consumer Preview desktop also shifts your glass color to match each stunning, wide-angle image. Explore distant galaxies, verdant meadows, steep mountains, and serene seas without ever leaving your chair.

Microsoft notes that the theme can only be used in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview or Windows 8 Developer Preview. The theme supports single monitor setups, but only the center part of the image will be visible on those systems in this case. The wallpaper will automatically stretch across both displays on a dual monitor setup. All desktop wallpapers have a resolution of 3840×1200, which is perfect for large dual monitor systems. You find all wallpapers below.

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It is likely that we will see additional theme releases in the near future, especially for single monitor systems but also for mobile devices.

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