What is still the most iconic wallpaper of all time for Microsoft Windows — Bliss from Windows XP — has seen many spinoffs over the years. What a lot of Windows enthusiasts may not know however is that Microsoft was set to release two offsets of the famous Bliss wallpaper in Windows 7 build 6022 but the plan was scrapped due to the discontinuation on May 17th, 2020.
These zoomed Bliss wallpapers are beautiful. You never had fine detail of the grass in the official Bliss wallpaper. If you have seen detailed grass, it was probably from other photos of the same hill, of which there have been many ever since the original Bliss wallpaper became so popular. But these two wallpapers still show the iconic Bliss hills while managing to zoom in substantially and get very close to the detailed grass.
Though we have been using Windows since Windows 95, it was really Windows XP that was the first operating system we got to know as Windows professionals. And we have particularly fond memories of the Bliss wallpaper. So for us, this was an interesting bit of nostalgia.
Thanks to GMM on Twitter for sharing the images.
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January 6, 2022 @ 13:23
Hi, I’m a former developer of Windows 2007.
This wallpaper is not from an official Microsoft project. Windows 2007 was a fan-project designed to replicate the Beta 2 builds of Windows Vista using Vista Service Pack 2.
Microsoft was not involved, and did not endorse the project in any way shape or form.
The reason why they went unused is because the project dissolved after build 6021, mainly because we all got burnt out and moved on.
I hope this clears up any confusion.
January 6, 2022 @ 12:04
Actually, Windows 2007 is a fan project. These aren’t official Microsoft wallpapers, but they came from Getty Images since the team were trying to pick wallpapers they felt Microsoft would’ve chosen. By “scrapped” he means that they were going to appear in builds but the team disbanded before they were implemented.