Windows 8's Metro-style UI

Windows 8's Metro-style UI

Summary: At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Brett Carpenter, from Microsoft’s Windows ecosystem group, shows off Windows 8. Its Metro-style UI has live tiles that can be programmed using existing tools and languages. It also supports full-screen apps.

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Topics: Software, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Windows

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  • RE: Windows 8's Metro-style UI

    I think they should sell it to V-Tech. Looks like something for the 3-5 set. NO THANKS! I don't think this will fly with power users.
    rphunter42
    • RE: Windows 8's Metro-style UI

      @rphunter42 As a 15 year Systems Engineer who definitely qualifies as a Power User, I'll say you're exactly wrong. The Metro UI is today the best thing that's ever happened to the smartphone space, and it's very exciting for those of us in the industry now that it's coming to both Windows and to Xbox 360.

      Metro is the best touch UI on the market today, and it's going to dramatically change the way we use computers once Windows 8 launches :)
      jasongw
      • RE: Windows 8's Metro-style UI

        @jasongw -- Except that a touch interface is pretty much useless to desktop users. This just looks like Metro UI slapped over a traditional Windows release. An excuse to create an "app" ecosystem to make money from. Fairly sure most power users will just be hiding this.
        avoidz
      • RE: Windows 8's Metro-style UI

        @jasongw

        This is the problem with some of you engineers you are always trying to force radical changes down peoples throat.
        MLHACK
      • RE: Windows 8's Metro-style UI

        @jasongw

        I could not care more about tablets, the XBox or smartphones when my desktop OS is concerned. I do not have a 30'' monitor to run stupid full screen applications. Are we going to simple task switchers???? MS has gone stark crazy. Let me tell you. If you are a developer, run for your life. Windows sells mostly to the enterprise and people buy it to run either full blown games or demanding productivity applications. This is the its main allure and market segment. Why would one try to disable all that to run a stupid Twitter application full screen? It does not make sense.
        ADRz
      • MS developers need to start disclosing their affiliation in their posts so

        @jasongw

        we can tell if it is a valid user opinion or something else.

        :(
        .
        wessonjoe
    • Have to Agree:Another Round of Dumbing down

      I have to agree , this is just another round of dumbing down to the lowest common denominator. Its made for people who want a toy not a computer to do work on. First thing a work user will want to do is turn off the tile crap
      AnOldItGuy
  • RE: Windows 8's Metro-style UI

    I agree with malexf. If MS is smart then will make disabling the metro UI very easy for no touch based systems. Or they will be living another Vista nightmare.
    MLHACK
    • RE: Windows 8's Metro-style UI

      @MLHACK ribbon.
      evolucian911
  • RE: Windows 8's Metro-style UI

    Many, many, many years ago, my 1st pc was a Packard Bell (remember those?) Pac Bell put their own UI on, which basically "hid" the Windows 3.1 desktop. It was a grid of colored blocks which represented the apps that were installed. Asap, I disabled that UI, so that the system would boot to the real Windows desktop. Seeing this, it's like deja vu -- a step back 20 years. Why oh why base an OS UI on a dumbed down, faddish, jump on the "tablet bandwagon" look. Woe is us.
    jpo2
  • RE: Windows 8's Metro-style UI

    I just downloaded the pre-beta win 8. Under the kiddish graphics it looks like win 7. Maybe for a 1st computer learner in their 90s it might work for them. I'm 83 and it sucks for me. I run and use Linux, Win 7 & XP and OS X.
    gil_seiler
  • RE: Windows 8's Metro-style UI

    I never liked OS as I like Windows 8, I hate going into apps to get info, Win 8 gives them to me from the Metro UI
    AdnanPirota
  • Three words for you

    New World Domination.
    mikroland2.0
  • Looks great!

    The thing about corporate environments is that Group Policy settings will dictate what the user sees on their screen. No Facebook, Twitter or entertainment apps. Very locked down for productivity!
    MSFTWorshipper
  • RE: Windows 8's Metro-style UI

    Loving the functionality, hating the paperish/cartoonish UI; nuf' said
    MrElectrifyer
  • RE: Windows 8's Metro-style UI

    folks it seems to me that for some People learning to use windows 8 and getting used to the metro tiles is going to be a strain to help these people out Microsoft should give people the choice of setting it up to run classic windows with the metro screen being a screen you can see only if you select or touch an icon on the desktop screen window or full metro where you only see the desktop when you select click or touch it's smart metro tile. this way Microsoft makes all windows 8 buyers happy. frankly I like Metro smart tiles they are not pretty but they give you information which dead icons over a pretty background in a an old classic windows platform do not give you
    gregnewm7