Introducing the new Windows Phone Start Screen - Video

Take a look at the new video just posted up on YouTube that shows off Windows Phone 8's new Start screen. The new interface is familiar and yet dramatically different at the same time and should be a welcomed upgrade to those of us who use Windows Phone as our daily driver.

Live Tiles are still at the heart of Windows Phone but now you have more flexibility in customizing how your phone fits your personality. 

Take a look at the video, how do you feel about how Microsoft is progressing with Windows Phone 8? 

Source: Windows Phone Blog

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From clean and simple of Windows Phone 7 start screen to the messy Windows Phone 8 start screen.

Just look at it, the more stuff you pin on it the messier it gets. =D

Well someone will chime in with 'But you can pin what you want', but yes, by default with the colour variation in the tiles and the amount of them, it looks messier.

Chica Ami said,
From clean and simple of Windows Phone 7 start screen to the messy Windows Phone 8 start screen.

Just look at it, the more stuff you pin on it the messier it gets. =D

Oh! and why the f doesn't windows 8 have the ability to make tiles smaller? Will this be in RTM maybe? It will solve alot of power user's problems...

Terracotta said,
Oh! and why the f doesn't windows 8 have the ability to make tiles smaller? Will this be in RTM maybe? It will solve alot of power user's problems...

Well I think mean even smaller, since there are already two sizes available for the Win8 Start Screen. I think there should be two additional sizes added to the Start Screen.
One is smaller like you request, one I think is larger, twice the size of what is now the large size. This can be useful to display more info for photos, mail, tweets, anything you want. I think 4 size choices makes it easier to organize.
Also the ability to change colors (grouping colors) similar to what WP8 is going to do but better.
One can only hope.

Sekyal said,

Well I think mean even smaller, since there are already two sizes available for the Win8 Start Screen. I think there should be two additional sizes added to the Start Screen.
One is smaller like you request, one I think is larger, twice the size of what is now the large size. This can be useful to display more info for photos, mail, tweets, anything you want. I think 4 size choices makes it easier to organize.
Also the ability to change colors (grouping colors) similar to what WP8 is going to do but better.
One can only hope.

Everything you just said = perfect. That's exactly my vision of Windows 8!

DeclanKiernan said,
Here comes apple!

Yeah. With what? A screwed up iOS 6. I HATE the new UI. It's not stream line...everything is just thrown together. They should go with that leather bound/real world objects crap or go home. I realize it's beta but still! Not a fanboy, jut angry I'm stuck with a 3GS. Next phone for me will be WP8.

I think it looks great! A nice shared view with its desktop/tablet/laptop brother (sister?).

Some will say it now looks messy with all those tiles, but they are forgetting that the tiles can be re-sized, so you can have a WP7 Start screen or a WP8 Start screen.

You know i really love metro on the phone, its just with Windows 8 i dislike it. Metro on the phone is so fluid its rediculous.

Iridium said,
You know i really love metro on the phone, its just with Windows 8 i dislike it. Metro on the phone is so fluid its rediculous.

Agreed. Makes much more sense on the phone or tablets even than it does on the desktop.

dead.cell said,

Agreed. Makes much more sense on the phone or tablets even than it does on the desktop.

That's why the tiles are only on the start button of windows 8. And to a better desktop under it.

I guess we have to wait closer to RTM to see more features. They are withholding features from public right now, especially their competitors.

boumboqc said,
Wow... And again, for all the haters (read: jealous) that Wondered if the Nokia was upgradeable to WP8, ya gat ya answers.

If by WP8 you mean WP7.8 then you are correct........

As much as I hated the previous WP OS's, I've gone from hating it, to disliking it... The changes they've made to the home screen make it feel more like a finished product rather than a half-baked beta like before.

I still can't stand the Metro UI and what it represents, which is going back to the stone ages of Windows 1.0 in terms of the interface, but at least it appears to be maturing. Hopefully this will one day become a "sophisticated, polished" platform, and not the kids-toy-wannabe it is today.

The problem I have with it is it doesnt really solve the problem with groups or anything like that.
The options with this are a really cluttered start screen with access to lots of apps, or an elegant looking start screen with less productivity.
I dunno, I guess I was just hoping they would have come up with a better solution than just resizing. It kind of ruins the great looking start screen that was 7.5.

the better twin said,
The problem I have with it is it doesnt really solve the problem with groups or anything like that.
The options with this are a really cluttered start screen with access to lots of apps, or an elegant looking start screen with less productivity.
I dunno, I guess I was just hoping they would have come up with a better solution than just resizing. It kind of ruins the great looking start screen that was 7.5.

maybe their will be groups when you swipe to the right..

This is awesome!!!!! Also for those that don't like it, just don't resize your tiles and keep them as the medium size.

This will be super useful.

j2006 said,
This is awesome!!!!! Also for those that don't like it, just don't resize your tiles and keep them as the medium size.

This will be super useful.

Yeah, this product was already was better and fluid than anything out there (read: worth every penny), with this update this is getting more than amazing!

Don't get me wrong, I think it looks great and I can't wait to upgrade from my two year old Trophy 7 but I feel that tile resizing should have been implemented a long time ago! Glad they've finally gotten round to it and I'm impressed with how it will look. I'm also glad to see the long list of every apps disappear, or at least the arrow on the side that takes you to it. Makes the home screen look much better.

LazyAugust said,
Don't get me wrong, I think it looks great and I can't wait to upgrade from my two year old Trophy 7 but I feel that tile resizing should have been implemented a long time ago! Glad they've finally gotten round to it and I'm impressed with how it will look. I'm also glad to see the long list of every apps disappear, or at least the arrow on the side that takes you to it. Makes the home screen look much better.

The app list should still be there to the right of the start screen. Unless they changed that too, and other things. Right now they only showed some stuff. I believe at the start of the keynote they said "part of" the future of Windows Phone. So really who knows? I expect to see some more features next month or in August at some other event.

I have to ask, . . . are people actually just 'bookwarms', 'social butterflies', or 'sports fanatics'? I'm all three and many more categories, and I would have thought most people have many varied interests.

I realise I can completely customise my phone how I want, but I'm asking the above question from a marketing perspective: Will that kind of marketing entice users?

Calum said,
I have to ask, . . . are people actually just 'bookwarms', 'social butterflies', or 'sports fanatics'? I'm all three and many more categories, and I would have thought most people have many varied interests.

I realise I can completely customise my phone how I want, but I'm asking the above question from a marketing perspective: Will that kind of marketing entice users?

They were just examples...

oliver182 said,

They were just examples...


I know, but that isn't my point. My point is, why would people classify themselves under one interest when it comes to organising the homescreen of their phone; surely they have quite a few more interests? That's my point. I'm questioning and wondering about Microsoft's marketing tactic here.

Calum said,
I realise I can completely customise my phone how I want, but I'm asking the above question from a marketing perspective: Will that kind of marketing entice users?

Yes it will, but they didn't have one for me. I was looking for the "business phone."

Calum said,

I know, but that isn't my point. My point is, why would people classify themselves under one interest when it comes to organising the homescreen of their phone; surely they have quite a few more interests? That's my point. I'm questioning and wondering about Microsoft's marketing tactic here.

The idea is to provide basic examples that people can easily understand. When you add real-life complexities to such examples, it makes it harder for people to relate to.

You need to let people imagine what they could do with it. You give them a blank page, and they won't know where to start. If you fill the page for them, then it's someone else's work.

mikeyx12 said,

The idea is to provide basic examples that people can easily understand. When you add real-life complexities to such examples, it makes it harder for people to relate to.

You need to let people imagine what they could do with it. You give them a blank page, and they won't know where to start. If you fill the page for them, then it's someone else's work.


I completely see your point. Thank you for explaining to me