Microsoft will remove gradients, reflections, blur and glass effects from Windows’ GUI in Windows 8. That means it’ll probably look like XFCE or GNOME. We have come full circle!
Microsoft added all those effects to Windows Vista, us FOSS nerds copied the effects (and more!) with our compositing managers like Compiz and the new GNOME 3 shell, now Microsoft removes them again — will we follow?
I’m using XFCE anyway, so I’m probably ahead of the current fashion trend 🙂