Avast is "debating potential graphic changes" for Windows 8 Metro UI

Last week, we reported that Avast had told us it had no plans to offer a Metro UI version of its popular anti-virus software for Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, saying that Microsoft was "actively discouraging" such moves. Today the company sent us a new statement with more information about that decision, which may indicate a slight change in their original stance.

The statement, written by its chief technology officer Ondrej Vlcek, says:

With the Metro UI, the question is ‘how deep are the visuals’? The Metro UI looks like a lot like a mobile phone and has been optimized for touch. It is visual and a new programming framework. This makes it great for applets, and apps such as games and browsers that are used for entertainment but not for low-level protection. 

On the other hand, it is paired with the standard desktop for traditional productivity applications. You could say that this creates some schizophrenia between the two worlds which users can switch back and forth between. However, underneath the visuals, both worlds are running on Windows 8. AV is and will stay at the desktop level. By definition, a security app has to work with the entire operating system at the moment of start-up. This puts it in desktop territory.

As I said before, our avast! is already compatible with Windows 8 Beta. For Metro, we are debating potential graphic changes. But, this should be seen as visuals that are complimentary with Metro and not as a stand-alone Metro security app.

This would seem to indicate that Avast is at least thinking about creating some kind of Metro-based UI for its anti-virus software, even though the basis of the program will remain on the desktop version of Windows 8.

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What makes you guys think Windows 9 will magically fix Metro?. If anything Microsoft will will integrate Metro and Touch even MORE with future OS's.

devHead said,
Just what everyone needs, an antivirus app that fills your screen while it's scanning and can't be closed!

It will probably be a dashboard + simplified config UI for the services running in the background

georgevella said,

It will probably be a dashboard + simplified config UI for the services running in the background

Yeah, you're probably right. But it sounds funnier

devHead said,
Just what everyone needs, an antivirus app that fills your screen while it's scanning and can't be closed!

You do realise that you can switch to other apps while it's scanning, don't you; then switch back to the antivirus app to check on the progress of the scan? It really is clear that some people don't understand how to make the best use of the multitasking capabilities Windows 8 provides.

Callum said,

You do realise that you can switch to other apps while it's scanning, don't you; then switch back to the antivirus app to check on the progress of the scan? It really is clear that some people don't understand how to make the best use of the multitasking capabilities Windows 8 provides.

That description applies to about 75% of the metro hating luddites Callum

i dont care about what avast will do....because i really dont like that antiviruse
there are more and more better. sorry Avast

Maria Mari said,
i dont care about what avast will do....because i really dont like that antiviruse
there are more and more better. sorry Avast

Who is better?

gate1975mlm said,

Who is better?

If you want free, then yeah MSE. I however use NOD32... although I must admit since switching to Windows 8, I've just left Defender in place.

Now, I know which security program will continue to never be installed on any PC I control.
What the eff is doing an AV program doing with the Metro environment?
GTFO bloated antivirus.

First of all what the hell does the visuals need to do with protecting the OS?
Second, Metro is something embedded into the desktop, because you can still modify metro apps through the desktop and the most relevant and important things are still done in there.

So I don't see as an excuse for not developing the software.... This looks much like being ****ed off by MSE being included in Win Defender.

Jose_49 said,
First of all what the hell does the visuals need to do with protecting the OS?
Second, Metro is something embedded into the desktop, because you can still modify metro apps through the desktop and the most relevant and important things are still done in there.

So I don't see as an excuse for not developing the software.... This looks much like being ****ed off by MSE being included in Win Defender.


Win32 apps can interact with WinRT apps, although I'm not sure if there is an "official" way to do so. WinRT apps are completely sandboxed, they can't interact with Win32 apps.

"potential graphic changes" sounds like "maybe we'll change our desktop UI to be consistent with Metro" to me...not like a WinRT app.

Why bother? Windows 8 is DOA. Save your money until Windows 9 Comes out. I'm not hating so can it! IMO Windows 9 will be 8 but with improvements, kind of like Vista to 7 (even though I rarely had problems with Vista).

greenwizard88 said,
I'm just curious, why would you save your money and not buy 8? if It's windows 9's vista, and you admit vista wasn't bad... why not buy it?

After SP2 it is stable. I had network issues and problems playing my MP3 files. I installed a patch from windows update that fixed it. Like said, I believe it was a networking issue with my server. I was able to connect to it and do everything without a hitch after that.Windows 8 on the other hand has a cool UI that needs spit and polish. It bothers me and there aren't too many power user options. It's like they're trying to make it for preschoolers. If it has a better UI come RC. Sure! I would love it!

butilikethecookie said,
Why bother? Windows 8 is DOA. Save your money until Windows 9 Comes out. I'm not hating so can it! IMO Windows 9 will be 8 but with improvements, kind of like Vista to 7 (even though I rarely had problems with Vista).

I am really starting to agree with you!

I am also thinking about skipping Windows 8 and just staying with 7 until 9 is released in about 2 years.

Windows 8 is the new Vista it looks like and Windows 9 will be the new Windows 7 lol

butilikethecookie said,
Why bother? Windows 8 is DOA. Save your money until Windows 9 Comes out. I'm not hating so can it! IMO Windows 9 will be 8 but with improvements, kind of like Vista to 7 (even though I rarely had problems with Vista).

There is a rather large flaw with the whole "Windows 8 is ****, Windows 9 will be great" thing. It implies that Microsoft is going to end up reversing their decisions for 8, and if that were true they wouldn't still be continuing with 8 as it is currently.

butilikethecookie said,
Why bother? Windows 8 is DOA. Save your money until Windows 9 Comes out. I'm not hating so can it! IMO Windows 9 will be 8 but with improvements, kind of like Vista to 7 (even though I rarely had problems with Vista).

Oh god, one of those idiots that hates every new OS release. Windows 8 will be great if you have good hardware, end of story. Go play some dos games and feel all elitist.

butilikethecookie said,
Why bother? Windows 8 is DOA. Save your money until Windows 9 Comes out. I'm not hating so can it! IMO Windows 9 will be 8 but with improvements, kind of like Vista to 7 (even though I rarely had problems with Vista).

LOL at you holding out and not buying a new windows tablet for the next 3.5 years till windows 8.. Or being one of those idiots that buys a sweet samsung windows 8 tablet and buys windows 7 to install on it.. LOL cause you will waste more money than anyone else..

butilikethecookie said,
Why bother? Windows 8 is DOA. Save your money until Windows 9 Comes out. I'm not hating so can it! IMO Windows 9 will be 8 but with improvements, kind of like Vista to 7 (even though I rarely had problems with Vista).

All I heard was "I'm a troll, pay attention to me please."

Beyond Godlike said,

Oh god, one of those idiots that hates every new OS release. Windows 8 will be great if you have good hardware, end of story. Go play some dos games and feel all elitist.

No, I don't want to give up my $2,000 dollar gaming computer for a underpowered tablet. DOS Games? Try Skyrim on Ultra, DNF on Ultra, Crysis 1&2 on Maximum. Can a tablet do that? No. Call me when they can...

Lachlan said,

LOL at you holding out and not buying a new windows tablet for the next 3.5 years till windows 8.. Or being one of those idiots that buys a sweet samsung windows 8 tablet and buys windows 7 to install on it.. LOL cause you will waste more money than anyone else..


Who said anything about a tablet? lol. Random.

And I think you mean "till Windows 9".