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Concept Video Shows Windows XP with Sleek 2019 UI Style – Digital Trends

June 9, 2024

A new video out this week explores a unique proposition that most modern computers likely haven’t thought of: What if Windows XP got reworked to show off circa-2019 design and functionality elements? The morbidly curious need not wonder anymore, as YouTube user Avdan released an animated mock-up teasing his take on the question.

The 95-second clip hits the viewer with early-2000s nostalgia right out of the gate by flashing the classic Windows XP Start button before landing on the bootup loading screen, which stays true to its spiritual predecessor except for the “2019 Edition” label under the loading bar.
From there, the video showcases a sleek reimagining of the Windows XP desktop with more minimal, crisp window panes, handles, and other UI elements as it flaunts Windows 10’s latest functional and aesthetic features. Cortana, virtual desktop workspaces, and adaptive and dark themes are all highlighted one at a time in delightfully retro Windows XP chic. And, of course, this all plays out with the iconic (or seared-into-your-mind, depending on your perspective) grassy hill wallpaper for a backdrop. Between the attention to visual details, the animation edits, and the melodramatic Hollywood action hero soundtrack, it’s hard not to pine for the old days for a moment.
The channel behind the loving homage, Avdan, has released a number of similarly silly mashup concepts, both for Microsoft and Apple operating systems. This particular iteration of the channel’s Windows OS redesign gag comes at an especially fitting time, as Microsoft recently reminded us that the end of life is nearing for another outmoded, but much-beloved OS, Windows 7. The fondness that fans feel for the old desktop is not an exaggeration, either, as consumers have been reluctant to move on to Windows 10, so much so that Microsoft is extending support for some enterprise customers until they can tear themselves away.
This also isn’t the first, nor probably last, Windows parody that we’ve seen. Keen observers will find everything from a Windows 1 emulator to a browser-based Windows 93 lampooning Windows 95’s comparative primitiveness and terrifying susceptibility to malware. Microsoft has also responded to the outpouring of affection from fans, too, most recently by open-sourcing its ancient MS-DOS on GitHub for anyone to play around with, or just appreciate. All of this goes to show just how much cultural currency Windows continues to have.
Windows 11 won’t be available as an upgrade until 2022, leaving a few months of time for new laptops to take the limelight. HP just announced what might be one of the most compelling new options, the HP Spectre x360 16.
The Spectre x360 line already contains some of the most premium 2-in-1 convertible laptops you can buy, whether that’s the portable Spectre x360 14 or the high-powered Spectre x360 15. A 16-inch model, though, is new to the mix — and Windows 11 is far from the only intriguing new feature.
Windows 11 comes with tons of new things to play with, which is why Microsoft was curious as to which feature Windows users liked best. In the results of a new bracket poll on the Windows Developer Twitter, fans have decided that rounded corners reign supreme over everything else.
Up against features like the new startup sound, new icons, and backgrounds, Windows fans really do seem to like rounded corners the most. Rounded corners narrowly defeated the new Snap Groups feature, which helps improve multitasking in Windows 11. It came home with a 54% victory, according to TechRadar.
The next generation of Windows is Windows 11. The updated operating system brings some big changes and improvements to Windows 10, including Xbox features on Windows and Microsoft Teams integration. Maybe the biggest announcement to come out of the Windows 11 event, though, is that Android apps are coming to Windows 11.
Running Android apps on the desktop sounds great, and it could fill an important whole in the Windows app library. But the implementation may not be as cut-and-dried as Microsoft has suggested. There are three key things Android apps need on Windows 11 to not totally flop.
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