Microsoft confirm that Windows 7 themes will work in Windows 8 just fine. So all of our desktop themes can be used on your mobile devices!
If you want to bring old Windows 7 themes over, you can in Windows 8
Undoubtedly many users have a particular theme, or selection of themes, they like to use in Windows 7. In a recent blog post, Microsoft have confirmed that themes can be brought over from Windows 7 to Windows 8.
Microsoft also described how themes are being improved in Windows 8 auto colour settings, panoramic theme support and improved dual monitor support.
The changes in auto colouring means that the colours of the Taskbar and and desktop change according to the dominant colour of the background, which is known as “Windows 8 Auto-Colorization”. The feature can be accessed through Personalization, Windows Colour. If not already selected, clicking the automatic colour option in the upper-left corner of the screen triggers the feature. Save changes, and whenever there’s a new dominant colour in your background the Taskbar and desktop will change.
In Windows 8 the feature also remains optional, while panoramic themes are not optimized for dual monitor displays. However, users using a single display can still use panoramic images but the image will be cropped so the center of the image is displayed.
Dual monitor support also extends to show two different wallpapers, rather than duplicating one wallpaper. Windows 8 automatically shows two wallpapers from themes, whether from Windows 7 or Windows 8. However, users need to have monitors that are exactly the same resolution and different size otherwise Windows 8 won’t automatically choose two images to show. Microsoft have released their first theme, Nightfall and Starlight, available at http://bit.ly/z6dzCE.
Search and Settings charms
The Windows Experience Blog also explored two charms in Windows 8: Search and Settings.
Searching can be done in two ways, through the desktop or through apps. Search is initially set to Apps, but will changed depending on what you search for. In the upper right-hand corner are settings to filter the search.
Searching from the Start screen also means interacting with different apps, allowing you to use IE to research a location or check the weather of a location.
In apps, the Search charm is in the same place but is obviously specific to the app (e.g., the Windows Store).