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Windows 8 Pre RTM Metro UI Leaked

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the shades-of-kde-5-years-ago dept.

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An anonymous reader writes with this snippet from PC Tech Talk, which features screenshots of what is said to be something very close to what users will see in Windows 8: "One of the biggest changes Microsoft announced for Windows 8 was the change from the 'Aero Glass' interface we had in Windows Vista and Windows 7 to a new Metro UI. Until today these changes had not been fully seen as the weren't included in the recent Release Preview. A number of changes have been made to the UI since the Release Preview 2 weeks ago. Microsoft have said the new Metro UI will appear crisper following the removal of shadows and transparency. Gradients have been removed from buttons. The task bar is no longer has the glass, transparent look or blur effect. The new design brings with it some heartache for those that loved the Aero Glass effect as it has now been completely removed from Windows 8." Maybe it's more exciting in motion than are these static shots.

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Wow (3, Informative)

busyqth (2566075) | about 2 years ago | (#40326667)

It sucks just as hard as I thought it would!

Re:Wow (4, Insightful)

SomePgmr (2021234) | about 2 years ago | (#40326811)

Eh, it looks to me like win7 with less transparency. I'd say it's more on the order of "minor theme adjustment" than anything.

I just can't make myself get worked up about it one way or another like it's a huge deal.

Re:Wow (2)

medv4380 (1604309) | about 2 years ago | (#40326863)

Windows 7?! If that IE icon was the Windows Start Button

Re:Wow (1)

SomePgmr (2021234) | about 2 years ago | (#40327107)

Windows 7?! If that IE icon was the Windows Start Button

This is my horrified face.

Seriously though, nothing about dropping Aero seems radical. I haven't played with win8 yet so I'll reserve judgement on the underlying functionality.

But in the meantime, I'm not jumping off any bridges.

Re:Wow (0)

cpu6502 (1960974) | about 2 years ago | (#40327115)

Where IS the windows start button? How am I supposed to start new programs? It's like using a damn Mac, trying to dig through a multitude of shit.... I mean windows... trying to find program #482 out of 1000.

Re:Wow (5, Funny)

gl4ss (559668) | about 2 years ago | (#40327223)

well.. you know how some people bitched that start button menu filled their entire screen after they installed 200+ programs? well, now microsoft fills your entire screen for start button and it's pressed by default.

Re:Wow (1)

medv4380 (1604309) | about 2 years ago | (#40327293)

If it operates like the Preview Version then you have to tap the upper right hand corner to bring up the metro ui.

Re:Wow (1)

squiggleslash (241428) | about 2 years ago | (#40327343)

Disclaimer: things may have changed a lot since the "Preview" MS released last year. But the main shell - which is what the Start menu ultimately was - is now a sort of full screen sideways scrolling webpage that has widgets and stuff on it. It's essentially a tablet UI.

The screens we're talking about here are things you go into, and exit out of, from that shell.

So at a guess, I'd say the start menu is gone. The IE icon is an IE launcher, and so on. Want to start an app? Go back to the tablet-style interface.

Re:Wow (1)

cpu6502 (1960974) | about 2 years ago | (#40326939)

..... especially since I won't be using Eight. ;-)
I need to get off my duff and go buy a spare Win7 machine while they're still available. BTW will this be Windows NT 6.2? Or are they incrementing to 7.0 for Eight?

Re:Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40327237)

According to Release Preview, it will be Windows 6.2. I don't think MS will change it by RTM time.

Re:Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40327205)

As a Microsoft developer I'd like to thank you for appreciating our commitment to consistency and dependability.

Re:Wow (1)

kheldan (1460303) | about 2 years ago | (#40327283)

Not that I'm a big fan of all the bling and bells and whistles from XP onwards, but this is just another way in which Win8 is the PlaySkool OS.
Do. Not. Want.

Fluffy Poon (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40326689)

GWB = 99.9999% chimp!

almost as attractive as Windows 3.1 (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40326705)

That's horrific.

It looks the same (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40326713)

It looks the same. I the blurring/transparency that important?

Re:It looks the same (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40326757)

YES IT'S IMPORTANT OK ? There is a problem when the U.I. looks worst than anything else we've seen before ! It's so disgusting !!! Erk erk erk get away you parasitos from the tostitos in my burritos will you lick my anos dos tres quatro seize there is a pizza moving on the floor it's getting to me, please HALP the universe has open a breach that will swaala9o.;d

Re:It looks the same (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40326929)

I can assure you, Windows 2.0 looked worse.

Pirate proof (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40326725)

I for one will not be pirating this version. The ultimate DRM!

Re:Pirate proof (1)

CTU (1844100) | about 2 years ago | (#40326901)

Yeah...I would not get this for free, legal or not. I don't like the lack of Aero or the Metro UI, but I had to hack the quick launch back in because I was upset they removed it.

hideous, hideous, hideous (5, Funny)

alen (225700) | about 2 years ago | (#40326735)

its like seeing bill o'reilly naked

i'm going to run out and buy a Mac for twice the price of a PC just so i don't have to look at this

Don't need a Mac just to escape Windows 8 (5, Funny)

tepples (727027) | about 2 years ago | (#40327197)

i'm going to run out and buy a Mac for twice the price of a PC just so i don't have to look at this

You don't need to. My clean PC runs Xubuntu.

Clean, precise, pangolin-powered. MyCleanPC [xubuntu.org].

Re:Don't need a Mac just to escape Windows 8 (4, Funny)

dyingtolive (1393037) | about 2 years ago | (#40327243)

I saw what you did there, but only mere moments before reflexively getting ready to mod you troll.

You, sir, play a very dangerous game.

Re:hideous, hideous, hideous (0)

cpu6502 (1960974) | about 2 years ago | (#40327215)

Now come on. You can get a perfectly good Mac for only $600. Yes that's a sedate 2.3 gigahertz and only 2 gig of RAM but it's a MAC man. It will look very sexy to the ladies that never visit. (Of course when OS 10.8 arrives, it will require 4GB and 3 GHz, so expect to spend a pretty penny on upgrades.)
   

Re:hideous, hideous, hideous (2)

jdgeorge (18767) | about 2 years ago | (#40327231)

Interesting choice. Your collection of O'Reilly pics will look much more lifelike on a retina display.

'Windows Classic' theme? (2)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 2 years ago | (#40326751)

Can it still be set back to the 'Windows Classic' theme? If so, nothing to see here.

(I do need to touch a Microsoft PC once every few months).

Re:'Windows Classic' theme? (4, Informative)

Junta (36770) | about 2 years ago | (#40326821)

No, the Windows Classic theme is actually not there this time. After surviving XP, Vista, 7, 8 seems to kill it off.....

Re:'Windows Classic' theme? (1)

jmorris42 (1458) | about 2 years ago | (#40327025)

Well that tears it; Classic was the only reason I could even tolerate Win7 as a dual boot option. So Microsoft has joined the GNOMEs in total tablet madness. Only Microsoft has now one upped them with this retro 'could have been done on 16 color VGA with no GPU' look.

XFCE for the win. Guys, computers aren't new virgin territory anymore! We just want to get work done, not spend all of our time relearning your latest reimagining of the OS. It is beyond that now, it is all about the apps.

Actually, not too bad. (5, Interesting)

bodangly (2526754) | about 2 years ago | (#40326755)

Its pretty clean and I was baffled at the need for fancy glass and transparency, heck, those things were cliche by the time Win7 came out and are beyond cliche already. I like an interface made up of flat colors much better personally.

I agree, this looks a lot better (3, Interesting)

spitzak (4019) | about 2 years ago | (#40327191)

Just because you can compute transparency does not mean you should use it.

IMHO this is looking infinitely better, the first time they have improved over the "Classic" appearance. Clean is much better.

The title bars and resize edges are really thick however. And they seem to be cluttering the titlebar with icons. Not sure what the colored text that seems to be attached to the "ribbon" tabs is either, it would seem better to move the ribbon tabs and menu bar up into the titlebar.

I hate it already (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40326761)

Keep those Winbots online. LOL.

window manager (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40326779)

These screenshots remind me of linux when the window manager crashes.

The new Windows 8 user interface... (4, Funny)

benjfowler (239527) | about 2 years ago | (#40326793)

... looks like ass.

Or vagina.

Re:The new Windows 8 user interface... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40326841)

In other words, good enough to eat.

Some blur... (1)

Junta (36770) | about 2 years ago | (#40326799)

The task bar is no longer has the glass, transparent look or blur effect.

Actually, look at the lower right corner. The wallpaper is indeed showing through in a blurred translucent way. Of course, I'm going to guess the trick is the wallpaper has a one-time blend done and windows will not show up behind the bar in a blurred way....

In any event, MS is throwing Desktop experience under the bus hard chasing that tablet market...

It's shiny and pretty (1)

fluffythedestroyer (2586259) | about 2 years ago | (#40326825)

Is that all that counts today ? pretty effects and cool graphics ? I for one just want a plain old desktop with no background, just the classic theme without anything installed, no gadgets no candy just the desktop, a couple of icons there and that's about it. Hell I may be alone here but I don't even like tower cases with all those neon lights. It uses too many useless watts if you ask me. My desktop is the most boring desktop you'll ever see. But it will be performing 100% and will be very fast compared to many eye candy desktop versions that I see everyday. I like mine with power without all the excel. It may be ugly but its powerful (I'm talking about my computer and not my dick here)

Re:It's shiny and pretty (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40326971)

But don't you want your computer to be FUN? Don't you want to feel EXCITED when you turn on your machine? Don't you want your computer to reflect your personality? Aren't you a fun-loving guy? Why are you only wearing 15 pieces of flair?

Come to the dark side (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40327009)

Then you should love Linux with Fluxbox or something like the awesome window manager.

Re:It's shiny and pretty (1)

g4pengts (1050568) | about 2 years ago | (#40327121)

Then you can go and set your desktop to disable all effects. I like the Aero desktop look. Now I do not have a choice in getting that in Windows 8.

Bold.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40326829)

That's a pretty bold design move of Microsoft--you know, putting that shitty distracting 'WinUnleaked' text all across the desktop so it's impossible to miss what site 'leaked' the photos and so it's impossible to get a good visual sense of what's going on. I mean fuck--they should have just opened up MS paint and used the spray can to hand-write it out in size 64 font.

Hopefully Nike doesn't follow suit and start including shards of glass inside their new line of shoes to remind you just how uncomfortable it might be if you weren't wearing shoes...

Feels like late '90s all over again (5, Insightful)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about 2 years ago | (#40326835)

If these screenshots are to be believed, it feels like every fancier looking OS from the late 90s, back before most of the fancier stuff was really feasible.

Shadows have a role (helps to establish depth and layers). Gloss has a role (draws the eye to interactive elements). Translucency has a role (establishes that something is over something else and gives it a sense of impermanence). Gradients have a role (draws the eye along the gradient towards something). Windows Vista and 7 overdid it by quite a bit, but cutting them out entirely is like throwing the baby out with the bathwater. You sacrifice usability when you do so. You can take a minimalist approach while still having those elements.

Re:Feels like late '90s all over again (1)

msobkow (48369) | about 2 years ago | (#40326993)

Yes, but they're going back to their favourite iteration of the UI: Windows 98. :P

GPU? (1)

poly_pusher (1004145) | about 2 years ago | (#40326837)

As long as they don't tap the GPU for UI effects like they did in Vista and 7 I'm cool with it. ;) I also can't help but feel they chose the worst way to display the new UI. The wallpaper is horrific, Window colors do not seem tuned, looks like a 12 year old realized you can change the UI colors around and started tapping away at configuration options. I doubt this is the final refined look / color scheme.

Re:GPU? (1)

Junta (36770) | about 2 years ago | (#40326883)

Actually, the color scheme is *actually* defaulting in that way and not a lot of customization offered to change it. At least based on the release preview....

Re:GPU? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40327129)

Why would you want your CPU doing the Window compositing? Computers have these massive GPUs sitting around doing nothing - might as well use them for something like, I dunno, graphics processing.

They removed transparency? (5, Interesting)

cpu6502 (1960974) | about 2 years ago | (#40326839)

Why?
It's like a step backwards to an old 80s OS where everything consisted of solid bars with no shading or variation.

authentic pictures (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40326847)

but what do you expect when you dumpster dive...?

CAPTCHA = leathern

Microsoft Realized Something (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40326859)

You don't need all that glass and effects for an OS GUI. Honestly how many of us spend 8 hours a day using Windows Explorer. Let the programs and apps be the center piece. In the same time if they can save battery life and use less memory and CPU and GPU cycles then they are doing it right. If you can go back to the Vista days you will see many people complaining about the lack of performance due to these silly effects. Now they are gone and I hope for good.

Re:Microsoft Realized Something (1)

Sir_Sri (199544) | about 2 years ago | (#40327087)

I don't really have a problem with them using a little bit of CPU or GPU time if I get something out of it. But the operating system UI exists to connect me to either my data, or the applications I want to run to do something with my data. It is not, in and of itself, supposed to do much. What it looks like is a matter of basically arbitrary style. There are some considerations for designing for accessibility (physical and learning), but otherwise the OS should stay out of the way of what I'm actually doing.

Ditching the outline of buttons makes it hard for people who don't know what they're looking at to identify button boundaries. So that's dumb. And the lack of a start button is stupid. The latter part we knew already. And who knows how final this is or whether or not there are options for these things, or how hard they are to get used to.

In the end it's not going to change that I spend 99% of my time looking at something running on windows, not windows itself. Their design teams seems to spend too much time on designing windows, and forgetting that it's such a small portion of usage time that I'd rather it be ugly and functional than pretty and inconvenient. But this isn't pretty, doesn't need to be, and it's impossible to judge convenience until you've had at it for a little while. I had someone bitch at me about how she refuses to use a new version of office because the ribbon must be horrible.... well until you try it and give it a fair chance to do your thing with it how would you know?

Re:Microsoft Realized Something (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40327103)

You don't need many effects, but those screenshots are ugly. Even a decade-old fvwm with default settings looks more pretty (and that definitely had no fancy effects).

Wintendo for sure... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40326885)

This is an effing joke, right? Early April fools? Looks like 2012 will be the year of Linux on the desktop. Not because it got better, but because Windows will be the joke OS. I know I sure will laugh at anyone I see running it...

This looks like something my 5 year old came up with in MS Paint.

*sigh*, better to get started now than to wait for MS to release this hideous 8bit color OS. Not to mention that Win 8 has far more problems than just the fact that it is butt f**king ugly. In the past I wouldn't switch to Linux for my *DESKTOP* OS because it was (is) butt ugly, no other reason, it was (is) just God awful to look at. This is worse...

If you look at my post history, I have *HAVE* been an avid supporter of Windows for my desktop OS .. even Vista (never had a chance to run ME because NT kernel OS that had DirectX (win2k) was released, I jumped on it).

Are there people out there that actually _like_ the 8bit hideousness that is Win8?

Re:Wintendo for sure... (-1, Redundant)

r_naked (150044) | about 2 years ago | (#40326943)

Damit, I meant to login. Re-posting so that it is clear that I do not need to hide behind AC for my thought on this piece of shit.

"This is an effing joke, right? Early April fools? Looks like 2012 will be the year of Linux on the desktop. Not because it got better, but because Windows will be the joke OS. I know I sure will laugh at anyone I see running it...

This looks like something my 5 year old came up with in MS Paint.

*sigh*, better to get started now than to wait for MS to release this hideous 8bit color OS. Not to mention that Win 8 has far more problems than just the fact that it is butt f**king ugly. In the past I wouldn't switch to Linux for my *DESKTOP* OS because it was (is) butt ugly, no other reason, it was (is) just God awful to look at. This is worse...

If you look at my post history, I have *HAVE* been an avid supporter of Windows for my desktop OS .. even Vista (never had a chance to run ME because NT kernel OS that had DirectX (win2k) was released, I jumped on it).

Are there people out there that actually _like_ the 8bit hideousness that is Win8?"

Re:Wintendo for sure... (1)

Junta (36770) | about 2 years ago | (#40327015)

Correction: "2012 will be the year of Windows 7 on the desktop"

If you want to get really crazy: "2012 will be the year of OSX on the desktop"

As much as I would like more Linux on the desktop, it is not to be........ Unless Valve releases most of their first party library, steam, and all the indie games that support linux there too, that could change something...

Steam For Linux Will Launch In 2012 (9 days ago) (1)

tepples (727027) | about 2 years ago | (#40327263)

Unless Valve releases most of their first party library, steam, and all the indie games that support linux there too, that could change something

Then you might call this change we can believe in [slashdot.org].

Windows 9 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40326905)

I'll hold out for windows 9.

No Transparance Is Fine, No Colour Is Ridiculous (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40326923)

Making everything white makes it hard to identify the different UI elements and is just bad design

It's also worrying when a feature first appears in the RTM. Isn't one of the purposes of the Developer Preview -> Consumer Preview -> Release Preview process to get feedback from users. Apparently Microsoft don't care what users think, though I suppose that isn't anything new.

I LOVE the changes!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40326931)

It'll mean my support business will increase!

Taskbar? (1)

Mastacheata87 (1759916) | about 2 years ago | (#40326957)

The window title is now solid color without any transparency, but the task bar still has the blurry transparent looks as one can see from the pictures.
Or do I misunderstand the names for the different bars in Windows' UI?

Re:Taskbar? (1)

Junta (36770) | about 2 years ago | (#40326991)

My guess is it isn't real-time blend and blur, but a blend and blur only when wallpaper changes. I'm guessing if you have a window 'under' the taskbar, you won't see the window contents blended and blurred like you do in 7.

Next step is to get rid of Metro (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40326977)

and they'll have a finished product.

Metro = Retro? (4, Insightful)

localman (111171) | about 2 years ago | (#40326979)

How odd - it looks like any of a dozen Linux window managers from the late 90's. Back then I used to think how the flat/square look was just the first simple thing a developer would come up with, and how Linux would need a little more graphical refinement if they ever hoped to go mainstream. In the end it doesn't matter much for usability, but it sure looks like a toy/baby window manager to me.

Clean and simple (4, Insightful)

hob42 (41735) | about 2 years ago | (#40327005)

All I have to do is set the window border color to a nice light blue, drag the task bar to the top of the screen, and I'll feel like I'm back using my Amiga from 20 years ago. Which isn't a bad thing, really.

What I find funny is that everyone bashed XP's big rounded edges and colorful themes as being cartoonish. Then Vista came around, and everyone railed against Aero for being a pointless resource hog, adding eye candy without functionality. With 7, everyone complained it was just a service pack for Vista, because there wasn't a big huge interface change. Now, they decide to overhaul it to be a simpler, cleaner interface, without the frivolous flair, and everyone hates against that too.

Re:Clean and simple (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40327155)

I'm one of those people, and after I've had my say and lambasted Windows compared to the wms I've experienced with Linux (Windows should really decouple its window manager more so that it's easier to run 3rd-party wms), I sit down, spend 5 minutes searching through rearranged menus, and turn on Classic Theme.

It's unobtrusive, it's simple, and it works. Win+R is vastly inferior to the Mod4+P dmenu binds I could set up, the lack of multiple workspaces is atrocious, multimonitor support is a joke, but at least it works.

Re:Clean and simple (5, Interesting)

squiggleslash (241428) | about 2 years ago | (#40327267)

But people didn't bash Vista because of the eye candy. They bashed it because (a) the eye candy didn't work with their graphics card (which is a fair criticism - Vista came out long after OS X, which had similar compositing going on, which worked on old 4Mb ATI Rage 3D chipsets - I'm not kidding, Jaguar worked perfectly on an old Beige G3 that had that chipset); (b) because Vista was incompatible with a lot of their existing software. and (c) because Vista introduced some security changes they didn't like much.

The overall look of Vista got a lot of praise, for those who had compatible hardware. And 7 - which was a service pack for Vista - dealt with most of the criticisms and has become extremely popular. People are happily ditching XP for 7. And part of it is the look.

So I think you're possibly maybe overstating the criticisms.

I like Aero. Windows 7 is really the first version of Windows in a long time I've been happy using. I think it's a shame they're taking it out of Windows 8.

Re:Clean and simple (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40327291)

Well, first they overdid in one direction, now they overdo in the reverse direction.

More changes for the sake of making changes (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40327039)

What is the point of all these changes? Removing the start button, replacing Aero, adding a ribbon the explorer. None of these changes are necessarily horrible, but not one of them is necessary or makes the GUI better.

I really think this whole thing will be a disaster of Vista proportions when this thing gets released.

Re:More changes for the sake of making changes (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40327307)

The interns couldn't come up with anything else, but something has to be changed to justify the price hike and the extra DRM.

That's the best they can do? (5, Interesting)

Ashbory (781835) | about 2 years ago | (#40327049)

If the goal is to simplify the interface they have failed. The first screenshot in the article: "Computer" is the most cluttered confusing thing I have seen in a long time. I counted 8 icons of computer screens.

Much improved (2, Insightful)

Missing.Matter (1845576) | about 2 years ago | (#40327059)

I'm glad Microsoft is getting away from the faux materials UI design that Apple made trendy. Shadows, gradients, mirrors, glass... it was all getting very predictable and tired. The metro interface, for all its faults, is based on the distinct and recognizable iconography you'd find at airports and train (metro, get it?) stations. You can find your way around these places without even knowing the language, and just following the pictures. Adding bevels and gradients and embossing to these UI elements just detracts from the usability of the device.

We're now in an age where we don't need to draw physical analogs to digital representations in order to understand them. File systems make sense without talking about a filing cabinet and a physical manila folder. Erasing makes sense without having to talk about a pencil eraser. Copying makes sense without having to talk about a clip board. However, Apple still insists on a physical spiral notebook for their notes app, or a desk planner for their calendar app, or a bookshelf for the iBooks app. Maybe this is comforting to a much older generation than mine, but I find no value in it, and therefore welcome the cold digital interface that metro brings.

Re:Much improved (1)

nitio (825314) | about 2 years ago | (#40327265)

Right! And that's why since Office 2010 we don't see that little floppy disk icon that means "Save" right? Right?

Dumbing down the interface (1)

assemblerex (1275164) | about 2 years ago | (#40327063)

Casual hardware users don't care what OS is on a device, it just has to be the "in" device of the year.

Microsoft is slowly alienating the users who keep it alive, until it become irrelevant and so
similar to the competition all it will have to fall back on is features and innovation, which it is no longer
a leader in.

I've never seen a company so eager to destroy their own user base though forced , unwanted, change.

Kinect Support (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40327077)

It reminds me of my xbox, at least i can speak to the kinect. Can i talk to windows now too? Windows open porn site. Windows activate fleshlight

Is it because of IE rounded corners (1)

prestonmichaelh (773400) | about 2 years ago | (#40327083)

I thought this already looking at another MS web site the other day, but I wonder if they stick to square/blockly things because rounded corners in IE are such a pain (compared to chrome/firefox). That way, they can claim the lack of rounded corner CSS support in IE is just the MS box way.

surprised (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40327123)

Looks like some kind of crazy Linux desktop theme, and with acres of white space!

Simmar to gmail (2)

BorgAssimilator (1167391) | about 2 years ago | (#40327151)

I'm not a big fan of this UI, but it does remind me of the fairly recent UI change that I've seen in gmail. Yeah... not a big fan of that either.

Is this just some kind of "natural" progression we're going with?

let me guess? (1)

bogie (31020) | about 2 years ago | (#40327185)

Still the f'ed up ui that ONLY works on on tablets, right? Pass. Its going to be an absolute nightmare for all of these poor people who order their Dell's and go "What the fuck is this shit? How do I navigate this thing?"

RIP Windows 7 the last sane MS Desktop OS
RIP Snow Leopard the lasr sane Mac OS

In other news: (4, Informative)

JBMcB (73720) | about 2 years ago | (#40327213)

IE 10: Better HTML 5 support - not much else - who cares?
Sign in with MS Account: Who cares? Is anyone gonna use this?
Picture Password and PIN Login: Picture pass is kinda cool, but PIN login? Really?
Ribbon in Windows Explorer: Holy cow no thank you.
Hybrid Boot: Kinda cool - depends on how well it works.
Windows To Go - Officially supported BartPE. Yawn.
Refresh and Reset Recovery - How about making it so you don't need recovery in the first place? How is this better than a decent backup system?
Native USB 3 - This shouldn't be a Windows 8 "feature," this should be in a service pack for Vista and Seven
New Windows Task Manager - Yawn
XBox Live integration - I don't think anyone will care about this - are they thinking about competing with steam? Good luck.
Storage Spaces - LVM for the masses? Kinda cool.
Family Safety - Wasn't this included with Windows Live? Yawn
Antivirus in Windows Defender - In other words, they are just including MSE.
Secure Boot Support - Holy cow no thank you

So a handful of actually useful new features (that can, mostly, be added on to Seven with 3rd party utilities) a few that should be included with Seven and Vista, and a bunch that I don't want, including, in a big way, Metro.

Doesn't sound like a winner.

Re:In other news: (1)

WarmBoota (675361) | about 2 years ago | (#40327335)

But look at the UI!!!!!!!elventyone!!! Microsoft has given us the "Safe Mode" option. Except it's not an option. And I doubt it's safe.

FINALLY (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40327235)

I always hated those
- 3D effected buttons and stuff
- shadow thingies
- gradients wasting space
- huge thingies with hues and glowing...

Give me a SLICK, flat interface, with good contrast and I'm as happy as I could be.

Leaner and faster (1)

sideslash (1865434) | about 2 years ago | (#40327241)

Windows 7 was a small improvement over Vista in speed and efficiency. Windows 8 is supposed to be an even bigger jump "backwards", and will run on less capable machines, including many users running Atom and ARM CPUs, who will probably benefit from removal of Aero. For desktop machines plugged into the wall it's all kind of "meh", but Microsoft isn't spending its billions of $$$'s on the desktop -- it's all about mobile. Or something.

Step Backwards (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40327257)

It looks a little like Windows 3.1 to me.

old gdi or new directdraw ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40327269)

What i wonder most is if they switched back to the old gdi accelerated environment as windows classic theme or still stick to the aero glass theme. Because alot of applications work alot faster in the old gdi. most notably office 2010 access and vb6 . However aero offers the peek preview and the preview on alt tab. Alt tab preview was available in xp with the powertoys, but I now have to miss it alot of the time in windows 7. Resizing split screens is just painfully slow in aero in access.

Wow. (0)

Cosgrach (1737088) | about 2 years ago | (#40327271)

This is really fucking appalling. This is the best that they came up with? For fuck's sake, the XP UI is so way better. Hell, even Win 3.1 had a better UI. If I had an engineer who designed that, they would be looking for a new job.

balmer not satisfied with destroying ms monopoly (1)

Dan667 (564390) | about 2 years ago | (#40327287)

he now is not hoping this will finally kill of microsoft's cash cow too.

Windows, the endless security exploit (1)

yxyband (1362863) | about 2 years ago | (#40327313)

I spend more time fixing that damn glass effect bar than it takes to install Xfce...and now their changing it!

Leak? (3, Insightful)

TejWC (758299) | about 2 years ago | (#40327329)

This theme seems to already be present in the Consumer Preview that was released a few weeks ago. The only difference is that the RTM is going to use this theme by default. Did I miss something here?

How Retro! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40327351)

It looks very retro. I suspect they are having serious performance problems and had to rollback the HMI improvements of Vista and Windows 7. I hope it's not so serious that you can't play a modern game with Windows 8.

The UI addon market should explode.

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