Microsoft’s Windows Vista Shell team has listened. After many complaints about the black maximized border effect in Windows Vista’s AERO within many enthusiast communities, User Experience Fit & Finish manager Dave Vronay has responded to their feedback and has made a last minute decision to modify the effect.
He has also shared these screenshots of the new maximized window effect. I have had mixed feelings about the black border, and I still have mixed feelings about this, but I think it is certainly an improvement. I think the intention to create a seamless border with the monitor’s overscan black borders was all well and good, but after 10 years of using border-framed applications, having an application look so exposed can be weird.
Dave Vronay also posted a complete compilation of the color variations of bordered glass.