Additional Windows 8 RTM UI screenshots hit the web

If the previous images of the RTM UI were not enough to salivate your appetite, we have a few more images today that will hopefully keep you satisfied until Windows 8 officially hits RTM. The images come courtesy of Paul Thurott, over at winsupersite.com and show the new theme that Microsoft highlighted a few weeks back.

The new theme, as you would expect, continues to press forward with Microsoft's Metro design language and shows a flatter and more consistent interface across the grid for Windows 8.

These are just a few of the images that Paul has posted and if you want to see more, head on over here and take a look at the rest of the images that illustrate the new theme.

Source: WinSuperSite

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And that backlash is over two reasons - it's no longer biased in favor of mice (NOT that it's biased in favor of touch - for that matter, you could say that Windows 8 is more biased in favor of *keyboards* than Windows 7, as it's just as true) and looks/aesthetics. Reminds me of the old arguments over KDE4 (vs. KDE3) and GNOME 3 (compared to GNOME 2.x) on the GNU/BSD side of the OS street; those arguments were *entirely* over aesthetics in KDE's case, and a perceived anti-mouse bias in GNOME3's case along with the aesthetic argument. When it comes down to brass tacks is that change is resisted as mightily as possible - for the flimsiest of reasons/excuses - no matter what OS you are running.

Neowin your missing out.
The writing is on the wall.. there IS a backlash to windows 8
and this isn't going to change even if you decide to turn your back to it.
This needs to be addressed and the people unhappy shouldn't be relegated to
making comments on microsoft puff pieces. you simply ignore a lot of us
and make us feel like we don't have a voice. (unless you go else where)
is this what you want ? i made the assumption you want your web site popular.
Was this wrong ? Or have we decided we have enough users and if people
don't like endless pro MS stories they can leave etc ?

I think I'll be looking for a more fair and objective community / news site etc
Its getting pretty old seeing a web site bend over backwards with tunnel vision
to make Microsoft look good.

Keyword:
Windows 8 + ugly
google results = 29 and a half million hits !
drink your coffee guys..

Waiting for the unbiased version of this story
or at least the opposite version..

New screens shots to salivate your appetite ?
how about
New screen shots to make you sick to your stomache ?

I guess it's official.
Around here we have butt kissing Microsoft storys
and then,
more of them..

really guys dump the neowin slogan and start over.
this isn't news this is fanboy cheerleading
most sites even remotely similar would be objective with stories.
another pro "opinion piece"

you can consider your credibility shot and ****ed on neowin !
dump the news angle and just call it "unprofessional opinions"
OR start approving story's that aren't just adverting for Microsoft.

Ever since window 3.0 default start screen is always gray and all the mini icon and title of the program title can be configured small to largest letter.

Fast forward to window 8, same concept but live tiles now. Click desktop and win 8 take you desktop with all the icon organized in a row and column of the left side of the screen. On the task bar is where I can place more program. Literally, I don't have to use metro except during start where I can see email, RSS, SkyDrive.

to some metro can be ugly but it serves the purpose for tablet pr desktop.

Larry the Lobster said,
"salivate your appetite" ????? WTF kind of writing is that? It makes no sense!

Based on this and other articles, the writer's native language doesn't appear to be English.

Windows Nashville said,

Based on this and other articles, the writer's native language doesn't appear to be English.

Having read it again, I think you are correct. I should have noticed the writing style when I looked, because I work with many who speak English as a second or third language. Still a strange phrase, but your perspective brings it into focus. Thanks for pointing out what I missed.

ThePitt said,
nteresting. Now show me how to dual boot with this crap.
Google it? I mean, there's guides out there, and it's not difficult?

Zain Adeel said,
please fix the damn icons!!! they are so Vista-era!

I cant believe its taking them so long fixing all this UI mess.


I agree, they need to make new icons

Zain Adeel said,
please fix the damn icons!!! they are so Vista-era!

I cant believe its taking them so long fixing all this UI mess.

They're doing the icons last. As a lot of the Metro haters here say, you can make the icons in 5 minutes using MS Paint!

Enron said,

They're doing the icons last. As a lot of the Metro haters here say, you can make the icons in 5 minutes using MS Paint!

yeah just how ms made the ui im sure.
i love your point, i couldnt have said better myself

LOVE IT! I just hope they redesign the explorer icons to be cleaner too! The 3D icons look clunky on the clean minimalist UI.

Loving it so far. What I want to know is if they metroized the explorer ribbon like they did in Office 2013.

And didn't they say that the option to seperately color taskbar and windows border is gone in RTM so now we're stuck with the same color for both? I'm liking the greyish window borders and chromeless taskbar with slight transparency. They should keep it that way.

About as ugly as it gets. Win 7 had neat window buttons that were 3D and glowed and now everything is flat. I don't mind the removal of the start button and the start screen idea, but the person who redesigned the UI is a moron.

Then don't upgrade. Simple as that. Windows new branding is clean and minimal... not clunky and 3D anymore like a Mac. Things still glow and highlight as necessary.

They're only doing it to make it easier and work on more machines, not for the sake of being a "minimalist" OS. The VAST majority of users enjoy GUI, GRAPHICAL, for a reason, how it looks is obviously important to most people. I think it looks horrendous and this will not be well received because of a long list of half assery.

j2006 said,
Then don't upgrade. Simple as that. Windows new branding is clean and minimal... not clunky and 3D anymore like a Mac. Things still glow and highlight as necessary.

It's nothing to do with being like a Mac or not. For one ... Mac OS is a very flat design with only subtle gradients to achieve a solidifying effect, so that's absolute rubbish... and two, Microsoft isn't moving away from the old style to be less like Apple, they're doing it to be more like Windows Metro, which is a UI/UX guideline invented by them a while back and slowly implemented into their systems.

Unfortunately, they've 'tacked' it on top of the current Windows UX and in many cases, such as explore windows etc it simply doesn't work. The Start Screen tiles look fantastic, and the searching facility is beautifully constructed. But where they've added new parts, is where the quality seems to work. Where they've simply overlaid on top of the old Windows components, it simply doesn't. That's just lazy if you ask me. Design wise, it's damn ugly. And I love Metro as a style. It's HOW they put it in that I think is bad and cheap looking.

It's not a 'minimalist' OS... it's a minimalist design. Unlike Apple and Google, MS is daring to be different and being more on the creative side. I'm a graphic designer, and if you follow trends minimalism is in. The point is to put content first and not let the UI disrupt the content. I do think it still needs a little work, but it's looking really sleek. It looks better live than in screenshots.

j2006 said,
It's not a 'minimalist' OS... it's a minimalist design. Unlike Apple and Google, MS is daring to be different and being more on the creative side. I'm a graphic designer, and if you follow trends minimalism is in. The point is to put content first and not let the UI disrupt the content. I do think it still needs a little work, but it's looking really sleek. It looks better live than in screenshots.

I'm a UI/UX designer, and this is still messy as hell in some places. However, in some respects you're right. It feels better in reality than the screens show. But there's been some horribly lazy design gone on here.

j2006 said,
Then don't upgrade. Simple as that. Windows new branding is clean and minimal... not clunky and 3D anymore like a Mac. Things still glow and highlight as necessary.

Have you ever considered that one of the reason of Windows success is, actually was, the ability to choose and customize items as you like?

We do not have agree on everything, the time of the Mao' s "Red guards" is long gone......

Fritzly said,

Have you ever considered that one of the reason of Windows success is, actually was, the ability to choose and customize items as you like?

We do not have agree on everything, the time of the Mao' s "Red guards" is long gone......

I disagree with that reason. That's an offshoot. The reason for Windows success is well documented and understood. Microsoft didn't limit their OS to one hardware setup. They licensed it out and allowed it to run on any system capable. That's why. And given there were no other worthy competitors out there with as much cash in the bank and a more open platform than Microsoft, Windows gained market share almost immediately. Customising the way it looks is nothing to do with it. Because for almost everyone who used Windows, whatever it looked like was how they used it. Just a tiny fraction of users are into customising it's look, compared to it's userbase.

I like minimalist design very much. So the less 'candy' looking, the better. However, lots of people like that crap so an option to go back to it would be nice for those. I'd make the metro/minimal the default though. I won't miss the huge, gaudy task bar with the giant green jolly rancher start button at all.

laserfloyd said,
I like minimalist design very much. So the less 'candy' looking, the better. However, lots of people like that crap so an option to go back to it would be nice for those. I'd make the metro/minimal the default though. I won't miss the huge, gaudy task bar with the giant green jolly rancher start button at all.

I am a minimalist guy too but........ what I see here is a patchwork of new and old style and icons.
IMO the best would be, as you said, a "Classic" with transparencies etc. and a "Metro" one with all the new flat style.
Unfortunately, so far, I see a very ugly mix of the two styles and this is the worst possible scenario.

can't believe that this is what rtm version looks like.
didnt no one at ms think about a redesign of the desktop icons?!?!
this aero/metro-mix looks horrible. they have to change that!!!
and why do we need chrome around the tray icons?!

It doesn't smack of much design language, unless you consider a wallpaper-scraper and plaster's trowel as designer's tools.

Does anyone else kinda feel like the whole Metro thing could be more than it is ... and it all kinda looks a little cheaply done on these windows ? Like it's an alpha stage product. They haven't thought outside the box to make the new style work on the explorer windows and the desktop etc. Like ... I mean, all this mixing of old icon styles etc. Look at the nasty little outlines on those icons on the top right of the explorer window. Looks really half finished.

Ooh they've set themselves some task now, for it not to be a hodge-podge of old and new. That green-button is light-sourced and that Desktop thumbnail (b-right 2nd pic) has a drop-shadow.

Obviously the major icons need an overhaul. I'd put money on Microsoft leaving something like this in "plain sight" come RTM.

Mugwump00 said,
Ooh they've set themselves some task now, for it not to be a hodge-podge of old and new. That green-button is light-sourced and that Desktop thumbnail (b-right 2nd pic) has a drop-shadow.

Obviously the major icons need an overhaul. I'd put money on Microsoft leaving something like this in "plain sight" come RTM.


Whatever, it still looks like s***!

I will have to ignore all these issues even if they exist in RTM and use it with custom light grey explorer theme (Like the one in 3rd screenshot).

I mean, come on!! At first glance, it is not eye pleasing. I tried disabling transparency in RP and went back to using transparency in 10 min.

sanke1 said,

Whatever, it still looks like s***!

I will have to ignore all these issues even if they exist in RTM and use it with custom light grey explorer theme (Like the one in 3rd screenshot).

I mean, come on!! At first glance, it is not eye pleasing. I tried disabling transparency in RP and went back to using transparency in 10 min.

Love or hate Metro, I think most Windows enthusiasts would wish for (tho not really expect) a thorough overhaul, just for once.

That you never seem to be 2-clicks away from the legacy Control Panel applets, if you go looking for settings in Metro, is bad enough. But UI graphics should be "easy" to fix - ?

I know these screenies are not RTM, but these visible transgressions are just sloppy. They badly need someone who can crack the whip and make it all cohesive. Asap.

strelok1911 said,
These are so old and they're not even RTM.

Screenshot is from 8518.0.win8_rtm.120717-1813 (RTM Candidate)
17 July , 2012
1 week old build.