WindowBlinds acquired by Yahoo

To be rebranded as Yahoo Skins!

Saturday, April 1, 2006 by Frogboy | Discussion: WinCustomize News

April 1st -- 2006.  Stardock is pleased to announce the acquisition of its popular desktop customization program, WindowBlinds by Yahoo.  Yahoo, which recently bought Konfabulator, a popular widget engine, said that adding WindowBlinds to the mix was a natural next step:

"Our goal with Konfabulator, now Yahoo Widgets, was to enable the community to make use of our rich API set in a practical matter.  With Yahoo widgets, users can create mini-applciations that rest on their desktop," said Tony Stein, Vice President of the Yahoo! Developer Network.  "With Yahoo Skins, those same APIs can be integrated into the Windows GUI itself."

WindowBlinds 5.1, originally expected to be released late summer 2006, will be rebranded as Yahoo Skins. It will include a simple SDK in which skinners can incorporate "widget-like" content into title bars, borders, the Start Bar or anywhere else the skinner can imagine.

"We're very excited about this.  Before, users would have to hit a series of hot keys or move their windows, or turn their head to see a picture of their dog or know the latest weather conditions," said Brad Wardell, President of Stardock Corp.  "With Yahoo Skins, your local weather conditions will be part of the title bar itself. Your day planner part of every border. Even the Start menu and Start bar can include a picture of your dog or stocks prices."

For new users, the best news will be that Yahoo Skins will be free.  Existing customers of WindowBlinds, who paid $19.95 won't be receiving their money back. Explained Wardell: "I am really hoping to buy a boat one of these days. I'm actually afraid of water and won't go in it, but I just like the idea of having a boat.  Obviously, that boat won't come cheap so we can't refund people's money.  But I think our customers will be satisfied with Yahoo Skins and that most of them would want me to have a boat."

Yahoo Skins should be available for download by early Summer.

(april fools)

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MadDeez
Reply #1 Saturday, April 1, 2006 2:21 PM
well, it's a sad day in paradise i hope yahoo doesn't stop development of WB like they have with konfabulator.  i assume skinstudio will be sold, too
SlyFox420
Reply #2 Saturday, April 1, 2006 2:23 PM
Um this best be a joke or I will delete all the stuff for WB now. Yahoo is one of the worst sites and businesses on the Internet. They make money but do it with bad methods obtaining user info and selling it off to highest bidder. I am glad this has to be an April Fools joke as this is one of your best products.
Hankers
Reply #3 Saturday, April 1, 2006 2:24 PM
You can have my $19.95 as long as I get a ride on the new boat.
mwclarke
Reply #4 Saturday, April 1, 2006 2:28 PM
Obviously an April Fools joke! I'll wait till Sunday for the confimration to come...

Dont panic anyone
RomanDA
Reply #5 Saturday, April 1, 2006 2:29 PM
Wow this will be great, now i can toss that lame program DesktopX and move up to Yaehoo widgets.

With everything in the skins now, i guess ill never need to make another widet anyway.
Tiggz
Reply #6 Saturday, April 1, 2006 2:29 PM
*chortle*

I think I was fooled for about the same amount of time as I was fooled by a messenger chat partner who told me they were being attacked by a flying shark and could I arrange some kind of emergency rescue.
WOM
Reply #7 Saturday, April 1, 2006 2:31 PM
Boats are over rated, get a couple expensive cars/trucks.
KeithMacDonald
Reply #8 Saturday, April 1, 2006 2:39 PM
Dude, I HATE Yahoo. I hope it's just a joke, guys...
nottie_
Reply #9 Saturday, April 1, 2006 2:54 PM
Sorry but for a April fools joke this one is a bit lame fellas
Reppiks
Reply #10 Saturday, April 1, 2006 2:58 PM
"Brad gets slapped with a rotten salmon" by all Wincustomize subscribers!

A good one, you had me almost into "Add/Remove Programs". Good thing I read the whole article.

Signed...an April Fool
TYCUS
Reply #11 Saturday, April 1, 2006 3:16 PM
i dont know.., but for me is a bad news
Trentdaddy
Reply #12 Saturday, April 1, 2006 3:16 PM
A nice trick on people like me who don't hang around the community daily. It sounded a bit fishy b/c I though peeps here would be real against such a thing.
DesignCaddy
Reply #13 Saturday, April 1, 2006 3:17 PM
a frog, afraid of water?
3qd
Reply #14 Saturday, April 1, 2006 3:18 PM
Good One. Had me there for a sec.
Neil Banfield
Reply #15 Saturday, April 1, 2006 3:20 PM
TYCUS: Read the bottom line.
bp_ronjon
Reply #16 Saturday, April 1, 2006 3:20 PM
:/ ive got a boat. u can be the anchor.
Neil Banfield
Reply #17 Saturday, April 1, 2006 3:25 PM

I think this proves people do not always read the bottom line....

(april fools)

 

NightTrainthedark
Reply #18 Saturday, April 1, 2006 3:25 PM
will something like this do?

Adamness
Reply #19 Saturday, April 1, 2006 3:31 PM
Har Har.

I think this was Brad's revenge for people complaining so much about the downtime and slowing down of development.
DragonKid
Reply #20 Saturday, April 1, 2006 3:34 PM
That is one of the best April Fools jokes I have seen online yet! I almost fell for that until I realized that Stardock would never let that happen to WindowBlinds.

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