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Provide a low-intensity color scheme for tiles
I understand why tiles use bright colors and also why they can’t be customized. The idea is to allow apps to control their own branding. I know the Store tile is green and the Messaging tile is purple, which makes it easier for me to spot them on the screen no matter where they’re pinned.
But do they have to be Day-Glo?
The Personalization options in PC Settings let you choose a color palette for the Start screen. In Windows 8.1, Microsoft plans to expand that color selection significantly, so you can have a much more subtle, nuanced combination of colors as your background for the Start screen and for other interface elements. But those tiles are going to remain bright.
How difficult do you think it would be to offer a low-intensity color scheme for app tiles, one that dials the Day-Glo back to Just Another Sunny Day? Maybe then I could stop reaching for my sunglasses every time the Start screen pops up.
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