From The Forums: Windows 8 "Metro" File Explorer concepts

For the past couple of weeks, the Internet has been debating the reasoning why Microsoft would dump its "Metro" branding for the Windows 8 user interface. The company could be changing the UI branding to "modern", although Microsoft has yet to officially confirm this.

Even with the changes in the UI name, it's clear that the interface design has some fans, including some in Neowin's community. In a recent forum post, Neowin member "honolulu110" post uploaded his own concept for how "Metro" could be used in the File Explorer portion of Windows 8.

Later, he posted another image in the same forum thread showing off how his concept would work with File Explorer Libraries. He added, "Probably it is still too heavy weighted with the purple :-)."

He showed how the File Explorer UI could have its color changed, moving from purple to red.

Finally, he showed a Metro File Explorer made in the style of the recently announced Office 2013. He added, "I did not find all icons in the Office 2013 applications – some are handmade and do not look integrated yet"

Not to be outdone, Neowin forum member Hubert Nguyen posted up his own concept for a Metro Windows 8 File Explorer in the same thread. His design has the main menu elements on the left side, as opposed to having them on top of the File Explorer UI. He states, "I redesigned the layout in order simplify it and save space,... I know the icons aren't metro yet, but trust me, metro icons look horrible when I try to use them for this concept."

Images via honolulu110 and Hubert Nguyen

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Files are being de-emphasized, apparently. Personal data is too, as we get more of it.
In this new interface too much data is never really shown, but with certain types of data it seems the designers allowed more information to fill the screen. The exceptions are with personal information ...

The fact that there is NO file explorer in "Modern UI" is another sign of how incomplete Windows 8 is. You should not need to go to the desktop to play with your files.

Love the concepts, they look clean and sleek but honestly I love the Windows Explorer as it is, and I i'm starting to like the Start Menu screen but this would be too much. Personally I would feel like it would be a free open-sourced Windows lol

I like the green one too. The others aren't bad either, but the last one doesn't really look consistent
To be honest, I still like the current Windows 8 explorer the best.

I actually don't mind the first few, the last one is blah.... but why do people always make concepts that look so good, but when in play they looks so blah