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My Little Windows by ParallaxMLP My Little Windows by ParallaxMLP
"...and-and I'm gonna put everything in tiles! And put them up on a big wall so it's easy to use. And you can change the colours and have pretty patterns in the background and stuff and move them around and I'm gonna make these things called live tiles - oh, they are really cool - they will, um, display data in real time so you can see what's up without opening your apps and I'm so excited, I can't wait for everyone to try it, I hope they like it..."

Aw, Metri. You were so eager to share your ideas.

Well, I like it. It's definitely pretty. :)

You really butchered the search feature though, just sayin'.

Say hello to "Aeris" and "Metri" - the two ponies representing Windows 7 and 8, respectively. Guess who is who ;)

They each adopt part of their OS logo's design parameters. In terms of logos, Windows 7 was quite colorful and flowing. Windows 8, meanwhile, was fairly monotone and quite boxy. It also made sense for Metri to be young, not unlike her OS :D

Why is the background grey when Windows 8 allows so many different colours? Mostly to make the characters pop. Also the other colour themes are all really rather vibrant which isn't really a good thing when you're trying to pop colourful characters in the foreground. Also my desktop is configured in this colour scheme because it's awesome (Since people will ask, no, my start screen doesn't look quite like this!).

I'm sort of wondering whether Aeris should have coloured wing-tips... hmm. Here's a version where she does: [link] what do you reckon? The problem for me is I was trying to keep red, green and blue separate as they don't sit too well together. Conversely, I do think coloured wing-tips make things more interesting. DISCUSS. :D

EDIT: Woa, this is a very polarising topic. Seems half of you like it one way, half the other. If you have reasons for why you reckon they should be coloured/not coloured, please elaborate :) maybe I should make a poll, haha.

Hmm. What if, they were "monotone" but a slightly lighter colour than the rest of her body? Like this: [link] ?
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NiaCendra Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
so cute
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winvistauser001 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an elaboration about Windows 10, featuring Aeris and Metri. To the owner of this pic, please feel free to make a comic out of this elaboration.

Metri had always been interested in her own style when she was younger, but with the advent of the new version of Windows, she decided to take some cues from her elder, and incorporate them into her own design for what is now Windows 10. She even improved on her own designs in a way. Upon Windows 10's release, she invited Aeris over to have a look at the new system.

Metri: [thinking] Where could she be? She said she'd be here within the hour.
Aeris comes in through the front door. A sound, the Windows 10 notification bell, plays.
Aeris: Metri? Where are you?
Metri: Over here, Aeris. Wait till you see this.
Reluctantly, Aeris trots over to Metri's new desktop, now fully renovated after several years of development. She becomes skeptical.
Aeris: Is...that all...?
Metri: Not quite. [taps start button, new menu comes up] I've decided to change things up. I took your menu and my live tiles, and put them together. [makes gesture with hoof, menu goes fullscreen] Full screen is entirely optional, and so are the categories. And, I've done an overhaul of Metro apps in general. [taps tile for Metro app, window appears] They open in actual windows now. I've even moved my charms over to a simple menu in the title bar.
Aeris: Anything else?
Metri: I've had someone move in to help with the search feature. [calls out] Cortana, you can come out now!
Cortana appears before the two ponies, shakes Aeris' hoof.
Cortana: Metri's told me so much about you. I've been here since Windows 10's release. Quite a break from helping soldiers fight an alien armada, if you know what I mean. [laughs] Anyway, I'm here as a virtual assistant.
Aeris: What happened to your own little style that you done so well in Windows 8?
Metri: I settled down, Aeris. I took some of your designs, and re-worked them into my own. And, I've removed some of my own flaws. Now, it's ready. Everyone will love this. Aeris, I would like to welcome you to Windows 10.
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popthecorn12 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Being the gigantic Windows geek I am, this has become my desktop background. :)
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Zarcan Featured By Owner Edited Sep 29, 2015
sooo wen are you gona make those tiles, and metri icon for Classic start menu ?


Metri Metri, make Metri =D
I wana click her =D
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barneyjones123 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonder if there is a mlp version of mac no wait its already there i think :parallaxmlp.deviantart.com/art…
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KuffinsUniverse Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Student General Artist
:D (Big Grin) omg so awesome!!! ^^
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wellingtonzirploid Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Student Writer
HA GAY!
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mario8955 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015   Artist
SHUT THE F*** UP!!
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TheRealCuddles Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015
 NO U
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TheLegendaryHeron Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HA D-BAG!
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wellingtonzirploid Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Student Writer
HAGAY! HA GAY!
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Alynsasnow Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
How do I  install this theme?
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TheRealCuddles Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
AERIS IS BEST PONY
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djAnthony93 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
How did you change the background app box color?
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MasqueRaccoon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Any chance you'll do a "grown up" Metri, now that Windows 10 is announced? Ten is basically Win8 all grown up with most of the bugs worked out, from what I can tell.
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ParallaxMLP Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Thinking about it! It would be added to an extremely long list of other things I haven't managed to complete yet though, haha. I wish Bernard's Watch were real, and it was mine. Sigh.
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MasqueRaccoon Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
I had to look that one up. You Brits get the best shows. XD
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JNinelives Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nah, I like her better without wingtips.
Why? Because... it is more aesthetically pleasing to me?

But you know what, if the character is likeable (and she is), I'm gonna extend that impression to her appearance and probably overlook details like that.
Maybe the only reason I like here the way she is, well, is because she is familiar? :)

Also, I think the grey background here does make the characters here the center of attention, good work for that :)

How long did this image take, if you don't mind me asking?
(if you do feel free to ignore this bit)
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ParallaxMLP Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
This one? I'm not sure, it's been a while haha. An afternoon or something, maybe? There isn't actually a whole ton of drawing in this, seeing as Microsoft Windows so kindly provided most of the background image :D it's also funny as plenty of people just want that background stuff gone so they can put it as a background on their start screens with their real icons in their place.
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JNinelives Featured By Owner Edited Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm proud of this for an afternoon's work and I'm not even the one who did the work haha

HAHAH that would be a awesome :D.

If it weren't for enforceable exclusive property ownership system that Copyright seems to be,
I'd say you should offer that to the people who design the interface! (I'm assuming there are people whose jobs that is)

I'm sure it would be popular (and, in this hypothetical situation, profitable)! ;)
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Zoluki Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is perfect!
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Rhiss Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Did you ever do a version of this without the tiles?  It'd be fun to use on my Surface, with the actual tiles. <_<
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ParallaxMLP Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Hey, Rhiss! Yeah I did actually, not sure how well it works but it was in the comments here... believe this was the one I linked: dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/61…
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Rhiss Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
It was a pain to make work, but that's entirely on Windows, not you.  I got it in the end, but Windows wants to collapse the tiles left and up, and won't allow empty groups to get blank space.  If it'd just let me put them where I want them... still, it's set now and it's adorable.  Thanks! :)
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markhunger Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
there is one physicly mentalisticly mention how did that guy made pictures *gaasp*.......magic.
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iWantcoal Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aeris.
Windows 7 uses Windows Aero cursor set.
CONFIRMED.. wait
Windows 8 also uses aero.
HMMMMMMM
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applejack138 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Nice job up Thumbs Up 
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Antibullllseye Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student Photographer
I've dealt with both Windows 7 and 8/8.1 and I like both. When it came to choosing one for my PC I went with 7 because more programs are supported and it is reliably stable. 8/8.1 is basically Windows 7 with a more graphics heavy UI and some more features. I will admit that the first time I used 8/8.1 I was completely confused, but after a few days of use I had it figured out. All I can say is that 7 is a good desktop OS and 8/8.1 is more mobile/tablet oriented. And that none will be as stable as XP and none (I hope) will ever be as terribad as Vista. (If I remember correctly somewhere around half the computers in the world are still running Windows XP.)
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EllyCooArts Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WHERE DID YOU GET ADOBE ILLUSTARTOR AND PHOTOSHOP AND ART RADE STUDIO?? TEELLLLL MEEEEE
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ParallaxMLP Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Art Rage Studio comes with many cheaper Wacom tablets (like the Bamboo range, although I think they're just called Intuos now).

The latest Illustrator and Photoshop you can get on monthly subscription now, with a discount if you're a student or somesuch. Alternatively you will very likely find "free" versions floating around the web -_- I'm not sure Adobe really mind the piracy since it gets more people hooked on their products and probably leads to more purchases later down the road. That's really up to you.

Alternatively there are various free programs for vector and raster art which seem to work great for people!
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EllyCooArts Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I can't find any... And damn, I don't have a wacom tablet! Well, I'm not good at vectors anyway, so... ^^;
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ParallaxMLP Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Have a go at Inkscape: www.inkscape.org/en/

 Loads of tutorials online for MLP art as well, I think (YouTube, and here on DA).

Great thing about vector art is you don't necessarily have to BE good - just patient. You can change and edit every single line or object you draw until it looks how you really want!
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EllyCooArts Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah... but I'm not patient. Dx And I hate when the design is too pixelized and old, (that's why I have a mac) so I give up fast because it annoys me :/
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Roo-Gryphon Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
can we get this  without the interface... its really confusing with it there with windows 8.1 ;) and i really want this on my tablet
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ParallaxMLP Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Have a peek in the comments, I'm sure I sent something like that to someone else before (background removed), should be down here somewhere! :D
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Roo-Gryphon Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
found it!
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MrApo Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
good

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Silverthe-Dragon Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so how do you choose more than the basic themes for this screen? for the life of me I can't figure it out
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PencilPonies Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The VLC media player in the back... THAT'S HILARIOUS xD
Also, I just had a closer look at your avatar. That's one of the most adorable GIFs I've ever seen :3
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NewGhost9 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love Win 8 and this just make me love it more.
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ComputerDeathglare Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Still don't like 8, but oh my god, she's so cute. :iconrainbowsqueeplz:
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Dakuu75 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This just inspired me to do draw something and title it "Where's my 'Start' button" lol, thanks. Nice work, I like the way it came out and it looks pretty awesome, simple as that.
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TyrannisUmbra Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
... I can't hate Windows 8 anymore. Not being represented by this adorable filly.
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JNinelives Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I felt the same way about seeing Ivy the Internet Explorer pony in this guy's comics :).
Talk about spreading love and tolerance!
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kahas Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Agreed !
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TheRealCuddles Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Aeris is best pony
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Matthaius Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perfect for lockscreen ( i don't know how to call it correctly) in Windows 8 :)
Great work.
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swyrl Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think that this is a perfect representation of both os's, and I like it a lot. Maybe I'll make a rainmeter out of it someday.
I don't care for windows 8, but I think this is cool anyhow.
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