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Windows 8 RC To Get Flatter Explorer UI, Other Changes


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#1 freak180

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 14:10

If a report from Chinese tech blog win8china.com is to be believed--and they've been pretty accurate so far--the Release Candidate (RC) version of Windows 8 will feature a tweaked Explorer user interface that somewhat matches the flat UI that pervades the Metro interface.
Here are some before and after shots that will drive home the expected change:

http://www.winsupers..._medium=twitter

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#2 c3ntury

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 14:13

I'm not a fan of a better UI, reminds me of the Windows 98 days.

#3 LightShadow

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 14:17

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#4 +Nik L

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 14:17

I'm not a fan of a better UI


Not a fan of "better"?

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 14:22

I think they're going in the right direction there. Looks nice! I'm looking forward to the rest of the icons changing as well (at the very least the "refresh" and "up" button). :)

#6 firey

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 14:22

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Wow, I thought metro was supposed to be simple. It looks like they are making Aero overly busy and strange looking to make people WANT to use full Metro apps. It's like they are trying to make the Desktop so ugly to work with you just want to get away from it.

#7 pack34

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 14:24

That looks a lot cleaner than the current CP version. I hope that they eventually add transparency to the tab area like in the Office suite.

#8 giantpotato

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 14:29

It look slightly nicer, but it still looks like a mashup of two UIs. Maybe it would look better if they got rid of the gradients on the icons that make them look '3D'.

#9 bogas04

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 14:30

New icons and cursors , yay! :p

#10 Dot Matrix

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 14:48

I'm loving the straight corners are coming back. Rounded was just awful. Especially on XP where they weren't aliased.

#11 OP freak180

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 15:00

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#12 Jan

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 15:01

New icons and cursors , yay! :p


New cursors??

#13 TheExperiment

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 15:03

Wow, I thought metro was supposed to be simple. It looks like they are making Aero overly busy and strange looking to make people WANT to use full Metro apps. It's like they are trying to make the Desktop so ugly to work with you just want to get away from it.

And people who feel that way can hide the ribbon, or use the customizable Quick Access Toolbar instead.

#14 OP freak180

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 15:04

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#15 Bioran

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 15:07

That actually looks great! Here's hoping they'll be consistent about it across the whole Desktop UI.