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Luna is the codename for the default theme of Windows XP.
Officially known as Windows XP style, the theme is available in three color schemes: Default (blue), Olive Green, and Silver. When a user first turns on a PC they bought with Windows XP, they commonly see the Blue edition of this style, in addition to a desktop image, referred to as Bliss.
Compared to previous versions of Windows, the new scheme has a larger emphasis on the graphical appeal of the operating system, using bitmaps throughout the interface with rounded edges on each window. The introduction of the new theme included a new edition of the Windows Explorer, which featured a more task-oriented interface and two new file views, Thumbnails and Tiles. A newer edition of the start menu was also included, which included a two column format, one listing commonly used programs, the other personal files and system options.
When released, the interface has had somewhat mixed reactions, some praising it for its task-oriented nature, automatic grouping of related windows on the taskbar, automatic hiding of unused system tray icons, and many other elements. Other reactions have included complaints about the extra resources the theme required, some referring to it as the Fisher-Price interface.
Since its introduction, the scheme has been supplemented in Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 with Royale, and a Zune-derived edition of the Royale scheme. Luna has been removed entirely in Windows Vista in favor of Windows Aero, though the underlying graphics architecture is still present in Vista for machines that don't have the capability to use the Desktop Window Manager. The Windows Vista Basic theme is used on such systems.