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WOF: Windows 8 ditches Aero Glass -- will you miss it?

WOF: Windows 8 ditches Aero Glass -- will you miss it?

In a lengthy blog post, Microsoft has explained some of the logic behind Windows 8's interface. Much of the article discusses Metro, but a sizable chunk focuses on the desktop environment, including some significant changes that haven't been revealed in the Consumer Preview yet.

PARC: How Xerox contributed to the first laser printer, GUI, ethernet and other mainstream technologies

PARC: How Xerox contributed to the first laser printer, GUI, ethernet and other mainstream technologies

Launched in 1970, Xerox's PARC has played an instrumental role in the engineering of laser printing and many of the technologies that compose the PC you're reading this on: ethernet, the mouse, graphical user interface, among others.

However despite its vast industry contributions, the group has been criticized for failing to capitalize on its many innovations. While some of our older readers might be familiar with the prolific Palo Alto Research Center, we think its accomplishments have largely escaped the younger tech crowd. We'd like to take a few minutes to give credit where credit's due.