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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Reply #21 Saturday, April 1, 2006 3:35 PM
You had me for a minute. Okay, 5 minutes. When I was young my little brother said to me "Hey Scott, did you know the word gullible isn't in the dictionary?" I, being the sucker that I am, grabbed the dictionary off the shelf to prove him wrong. He was rolling on the floor by the time I looked it up.

Today is my 44th birthday, and that's no joke. It's a perfect birthday for a fool like me.

Reply #22 Saturday, April 1, 2006 3:42 PM
April Fools for sure
Reply #23 Saturday, April 1, 2006 4:07 PM
notice how it says april fools at the bottom so duh it's an april fools........
Reply #24 Saturday, April 1, 2006 4:31 PM
I think a better one would have been "Stardock buys Yahoo - vows to kill Konfabulator"
Juan Pablo Santos
Reply #25 Saturday, April 1, 2006 4:53 PM
I almost cried (just kidding)
Dont do this type of fools
Reply #26 Saturday, April 1, 2006 5:06 PM
Thank God this is a Joke.........
Hope you enjoy your boat and it better be a big one
cause we all want a ride
Reply #27 Saturday, April 1, 2006 5:07 PM
That has got to me the best news I ever did read. Windblinds is such a poorly written pile of !@#$%^& but with Yahoo! behind it maybe we can all enjoy the promise as reality. I know you worked hard for this boat and selling off your flagship, pun intended, seems the best way to accomplish this and finally give all the people you suckered into buying this junk a chance to have something that works!!

April Fools to everyone! I love my WindowBlinds and I love it all the more without Yahoo!!!
Reply #28 Saturday, April 1, 2006 5:14 PM
Good One , Brad ? I am a Fool.... to fall for this one
Reply #29 Saturday, April 1, 2006 5:16 PM
ha ha very funny
Reply #30 Saturday, April 1, 2006 5:18 PM
Pretty funny. Should have put April fools in a comment though, and not that actual article.. Man would that get everyone heated.

If bought by Yahoo I'd still keep WB.. Though, I'd prefer Google purchase instead. lol
Reply #31 Saturday, April 1, 2006 5:30 PM
Reply #32 Saturday, April 1, 2006 5:44 PM
Reply #33 Saturday, April 1, 2006 6:02 PM
Got me, too!
Reply #34 Saturday, April 1, 2006 6:08 PM
That's not funny. I was in tears by the time I got to the bottom line. Damn it Brad, That's just not FUNNY.

(OK maybe a little. )
Reply #35 Saturday, April 1, 2006 6:10 PM
...ho.., ho....

a little bit more and you got me
Reply #36 Saturday, April 1, 2006 6:16 PM
What would have been really funny is to have changed the home page header to something like Po came up with there. That woulda got everyones attention.
Reply #37 Saturday, April 1, 2006 6:17 PM
sleepydawg, how do you have an icon 72x90? I thought more than 50x50 wouldn't work?
Reply #38 Saturday, April 1, 2006 6:27 PM
u SOB, u nearly had me going there for a moment
Reply #39 Saturday, April 1, 2006 6:45 PM
Brad, you sly me. There's no way I would continue with it turned over to anyone else that I know wouldn't bother keeping WB going. You sure knew how to get a rise out of me...LOL Good one!
Reply #40 Saturday, April 1, 2006 7:11 PM
I'll be sending you the laundry bill for the soilage that just occured...

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