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"Windows 2001" looks like Windows 8 UI?

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#1 Ian W

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 06:42

While browsing for information on Windows, I found an article about "Windows 2001" at the Wayback Machine.
The screenshot in the article reminded me of the Windows 8 UI (or a Metro application).

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"This sneak peek at Microsoft's 'Neptune' interface shows the highly simplified and Web-centric approach Microsoft will be taking to make PCs easier to use for the millions who have yet to get started with computing and the Internet."

Or maybe I am seeing things?

#2 devBrian


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Posted 05 April 2013 - 06:50

All I see is a hot girl named Lily Wong :)

#3 Motoko.


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Posted 05 April 2013 - 06:57

All I see is a hot girl named Lily Wong :)

That Asian Sensation..

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 12:59

you are seeing things.

#5 +Nik L

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 13:06

Yeah, there's elements that evolved into "Metro" such as monochrome icons and clealy defined areas!

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 13:47

even back then they knew they should not release it lol.

#7 siah1214


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Posted 05 April 2013 - 13:56

Yes, it does, Windows 8 has been Microsoft's vision for the last 15 years or so, it's just now that technology has come around that can support it (always on internet helps a lot)

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 14:10

even back then they knew they should not release it lol.

I remember seeing this way back then and thought it looked great actually. At the time it reminded me of the Encarta UI. The final product isn't perfect but I think it's only going to get better. Half the problem is that developers can't even stick to the basic Modern UI design principles.