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I am considering porting some of my favorite vector based icon sets to Windows, and was hoping to include support for Windows 8. Has Windows 8 changed the icon set format? Can I use SVG for my desktop icons?

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You can also change the Metro backgrounds if you want to. – Tom Wijsman Oct 29 '12 at 15:25
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Windows icons are still raster images. I believe InterfaceFormallyKnownAsMetro tiles can take SVG images though.

In application icons can be whatever the application framework handles and is largely independant of the operating system.

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I've taken to calling it MUI - M standing for whatever Metro/Modern/Microsoft ;p – Journeyman Geek Oct 29 '12 at 14:54
Thanks, I had heard that they could also be SVG. But now I am sad. – Mikhail Oct 29 '12 at 14:56
@Misha I've not heard that. If you find a reference, feel free to correct my answer. – Deanna Oct 29 '12 at 15:02
Journeyman Geek: MUI refers to the Multilingual User Interface already, though :P – Joey Oct 29 '12 at 15:18
Some people would probably say it's a Messed-up User Interface. :) – Karan Oct 29 '12 at 16:46

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