Get out the salt: Windows Phone said to be getting a new UI

Get out the salt, do your rain dance, and take this next bit of information as just another rumor - but Eldar Murtazin is saying that Windows Phone 9 will feature an updated UI that will drop the tile-based interface formerly known as 'Metro'. Now, this would be a massive departure for Windows Phone - and Microsoft's other Windows and Xbox interfaces - but he insists his claims are "not tales". We should point out too that this is not the first time we have heard that Windows Phone 9 might be a clean slate from Eldar.

If you are wondering why we are even giving this tweet more than 4 seconds of consideration, it’s because Eldar has a way with (occasionally) getting his information right. Now, he is far from perfect, but he has notably pegged a few rumors in the past including his consistent proclamation that Microsoft would buy Nokia, or at least part of it, which turned out to be true.

Looking back further, he has had ties to Nokia and rough outlines of a connection to Microsoft. Of course, you can’t ignore that he has also been quite negative of Nokia - and, to some extent, Microsoft - in the past and that his latest claims could well be ill-informed. 

With the above being said, what might be happening is that information is being diluted down the rumor chain. Windows Phone may well be getting an updated UI in future versions - and that would be no surprise as each new iteration of Windows Phone has added new visual components and features - and in the case of what Murtazin refers to as 'Windows Phone 9, it could be getting so many new features that it looks like a whole new interface.

Microsoft has invested billions into unifying its user interfaces with common elements, and we can’t see them dumping those efforts so quickly. Certainly the UI will be evolving and considering there has been a massive re-org at Microsoft with many new leaders in new positions, a significant update to the Windows Phone UI would not unexpected.

The timing of Windows Phone 9, according to Eldar, would be for the fall of 2014. We will be curious to see if Microsoft sticks with this timeline considering they will be pushing a significant update early next year with Windows Phone 8.1.

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THE_OBSERVER said,
LOl i guess you were one of those people that didnt buy a nokia 820 and then find out you could not upgrade to windows 8....

Hate to break it to you but the 820 actually ships with WP8, not WP7.5 or Windows 8.

calimike said,
WP9 merger with RT for phone and tablet just like Android? If true, can't wait

It's not being merged in the way you think it is. The APIs are merging, that's all.

neo158 said,

It's not being merged in the way you think it is. The APIs are merging, that's all.

Outside Microsoft's walls, that's all that matters.

james.faction said,
Indeed, a significant update to the Windows Phone UI would not unexpected.

I accidentally the whole thing.

Seems like Eldar accidentally the whole thing as well

Gaara sama said,
im glad that microsoft change the UI

Why and, genius, what should they change it to?

You need to READ the article BEFORE commenting!!

COKid said,
Wow, someone clearly has some anger issues.

Nope, just asked a question. Not only that but this has already been debunked as FUD seeing as the tipster is wrong more times than he's right!!

neo158 said,

Nope, just asked a question. Not only that but this has already been debunked as FUD seeing as the tipster is wrong more times than he's right!!


Yes, it's been "debunked as FUD" by your continual posts of other FUD. Grow up. The article itself says this man has been proven correct in the past. We should take the information seriously.

Windows Nashville said,
Yes, it's been "debunked as FUD" by your continual posts of other FUD. Grow up. The article itself says this man has been proven correct in the past. We should take the information seriously.

He was proven correct once, hardly enough times to consider him reliable!!

Also a Q3-Q4 2014 rollout for WP9, I seriously doubt it.

Windows Nashville said,
LMAO at how personally the Metro lovers are taking this news.

I think we're taking this rather well seeing as this article isn't about Windows 8. I'd rather LMAO at the Metro haters taking this news literally.

The Windows Phone interface isn't being redesigned, the guy who tweeted this is a tool and Windows Phone Central already debunked this:

http://www.wpcentral.com/stopp...ill-windows-phone-unique-ui

Edited by neo158, Dec 13 2013, 7:55pm :

Metro itself is a nice, clean concept but badly implemented. That ugly array of rectangles from the home screen must go... for this and for Windows 8 too.

A notification center (live tiles are not the same thing!), some kind of clean widgets are the way to go for WP.

Dot Catrix said,
Metro itself is a nice, clean concept but badly implemented. That ugly array of rectangles from the home screen must go... for this and for Windows 8 too.

A notification center (live tiles are not the same thing!), some kind of clean widgets are the way to go for WP.

Ah, you mean turn it in WinDroid Phone?

Changing the UI makes perfect sense right up to the moment you realise the UI works fine on WP8 already. It'll be tweaked no doubt but it won't be "re-designed".

About time. Getting bored with the current design.
I wonder how iOS users felt with the same design after 6 releases:P

Riva said,
About time. Getting bored with the current design.
I wonder how iOS users felt with the same design after 6 releases:P

Make that 7 releases, iOS7 still uses a static grid of icons no matter what "theme" they use

I think a lot of people commenting are reading the title as this:

"Get out the salt: Windows said to be getting a new UI"

when it actually says:

"Get out the salt: Window Phone said to be getting a new UI"

The keyword there being Phone, don't confuse Windows with Windows Phone. The Metro/Modern UI actually works on a phone, as for the desktop it's personal preference.

neo158 said,
I think a lot of people commenting are reading the title as this:

"Get out the salt: Windows said to be getting a new UI"

when it actually says:

"Get out the salt: Window Phone said to be getting a new UI"

The keyword there being Phone, don't confuse Windows with Windows Phone. The Metro/Modern UI actually works on a phone, as for the desktop it's personal preference.


We heard you the 17th time. Maybe you should stop continually posting your FUD and let people draw conclusions from the article themselves.

What happens to Windows Phone will also happen to the Windows OS. Between the fact that this man has been proven correct in the past, added to the original rumor from months ago that Windows 9 would "bring back Aero but in a way we haven't seen before" (look this up on Neowin), it's pretty clear that the info in this article is solid. Metro is being superceded.

Windows Nashville said,

We heard you the 17th time. Maybe you should stop continually posting your FUD and let people draw conclusions from the article themselves.

What happens to Windows Phone will also happen to the Windows OS. Between the fact that this man has been proven correct in the past, added to the original rumor from months ago that Windows 9 would "bring back Aero but in a way we haven't seen before" (look this up on Neowin), it's pretty clear that the info in this article is solid. Metro is being superceded.

So genius, what will they replace Metro on WP with then?

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