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#31 giannisgx89

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 15:02

This looks nice but a bit over done imo.
I really like the combination of white windows with dark taskbar (Y)


#32 OP myownfriend

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 18:48

really hate all this "white" stuff! hope this will be change soon

but i like your concept, wheres the show desktop button?


Just as with the current Windows 8 theme, it's hidden but it's still there.

@ OP

Can you make a quick mockups where whites are replaced by very light greys please? Let's see how that looks!!


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I made an account here just so I could comment on how much I love this UI design. This is absolutely 100% how it should be. I started using the Office 2013 preview yesterday and I like it so far, and the use of "watermarks" as subtle patterns to personalise and break up the white-ness are fantastic.

There's no doubt I would pay for this theme if it were to somehow be made for Windows 8. You've nailed it, IMO.


Wow, what a compliment! Thank you!

#33 Windows Nashville

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 18:53

I'm not a Metro fan but at least, these screenshots are all Metro. Not the half-metro half-Aero crap Microsoft made with Windows 8's desktop.


+1

I'd much prefer that Microsoft further developed the Aero style, but this is at least a consistent Metro look rather than the thrown-together mess in Windows 8.

#34 Sheza

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 18:57

Asked several people if they prefer the official version or this concept. They all said the concept without hesitation. As I expected.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 20:24

What do you think of this idea?

File Explorer's file menu = Control Panel

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#36 oliver182

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 20:58

It's a shame the Office team and the Windows team work separately, Windows always seems to lag behind the Office team in UI concepts recently


I was going to say the exact same thing, for example windows 7 (paint,wordpad) never added the glass-like tabs from office 2010 :( .


This concept looks great!.

#37 OP myownfriend

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 22:13

Throwing a nod to the Zune social tab in the account settings.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 04:34

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Wow!! That's epic!!

I believe, if Microsoft wants to get explorer anywhere near that concept, they will have to rewrite it completely.

#39 JonathanMarston

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 05:07

Awesome work, much better than the RP and what has leaked so far of RTM! Your Control Panel concept is exactly what they should have done with it 5 years ago...

It's actually kind of sad how much better your version is...it really makes me wonder: did Microsoft even try to make the desktop look good?

#40 Sheza

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 09:30

Holy cow, all of your ideas are brilliant.

Agreed with JonathonMarston, when I saw the RTM screenshot I felt really disappointed. They kept icons from Vista/7 and the design was a complicated Office 2007/10 rip off. It just felt completely amateur. Office 2013 looks nice and your concepts are exactly how it should be.

I'm warming to Metro and its simplicity, I admit looking at Windows 7 after these concept images make me want to get Windows 8 ASAP... but then I realise it won't be as good as this. Microsoft has no metro style in the desktop view at all, and it simply doesn't make sense.

Now, who wants to bet if we send these screenshots to other tech sites they'll say this is the final RTM version? Hahaha :p

#41 amnesiality

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 13:46

@myownfriend

MS should offer you a job. This is how Win8 should look like. Those fugly full screen apps are a joke. They should refine the Zune Software Metro and use it across the OS. Just look at how awesome it is:

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This is the metro that looks cool. This is the metro I LOVE, not those disgusting Win 8 metro apps. Zune software and Windows Phone have that "premium" look & feel. Windows 8? A bad joke.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 13:50

I'm not a Metro fan but at least, these screenshots are all Metro. Not the half-metro half-Aero crap Microsoft made with Windows 8's desktop.


I gotta agree with this.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 14:02

If it's OK with you, I just tweeted this link to the BuildWindows8 handle. This deserves to be seen. However, I think it might be too late since Windows 8 has hit the RTM builds now.

#44 amnesiality

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 17:39

If it's OK with you, I just tweeted this link to the BuildWindows8 handle. This deserves to be seen. However, I think it might be too late since Windows 8 has hit the RTM builds now.


I bet MS has seen a lot of great concepts, including this one: http://www.theverge....ktop-ui-concept

Unfortunately, it looks like they don't care what people have been trying to tell them. I love MS, but I also hope that ugly Metro will kick them in the head. If they went with this new paradigm, they could also make metro beautiful (the link in your signature shows that they have excellent designers). I've deleted all metro apps, I just can't stand them.

#45 Dashel

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 17:56

I prefer the Zune inspired ones personally.