Rumor: Windows 8 to feature tile-based interface and app store

Details have emerged today about new features that may be found in the next iteration of Microsoft's operating system, Windows 8.

According to blogger Paul Thurrott, Windows 8 may include an all-new user interface for products such as tablet computers. Dubbed "Mosh", it's thought the new UI will be based around the tiles concept found on Microsoft's Zune and Windows Phone 7 devices, with Thurrott suggesting the interface will either be opt-in or only available on low powered devices such as tablets.

And in a bid to compete in the new App Store crazy world, Thurrott suggests Microsoft may be investigating the possibility of shipping Windows 8 with an in-built application store which would allow developers to sell their applications through an official Microsoft marketplace. Codenamed "Jupiter", the marketplace could provide a one-stop shop for purchasing apps built using Microsoft's Silverlight technology and would compete against the likes of Apple, who are set to debut their own app store for Macs within hours.

"The app store will provide access to new, Silverlight based "immersive" applications that are deployed as AppX packages (.appx)," Thurrott wrote. "The Windows and Office teams are betting very heavily on this new app type, according to my source, and development has already begun using a beta version of Visual Studio 2012."

Although Thurrott appears to hold belief that the information above is accurate based on the information he received, he does however warn the information cannot be verified as yet so should be taken "with the grain of salt intended."

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Ha ha, App Store this and App store that.

"Why build features into Windows, when other people will and sell them giving us a cut of profit" - Microsoft

You guys who bashed Mac OS for getting an App store can suck it!!
Looking forward to seeing the new UI too, it surely couldn't be any worse than Aero? (urgh!)

Anyone think interfaces are going backwards, i can remember the days of the Program Manager in Windows 3.11. You could have nice tiled icons in them.

I think the tile-based UI would be a welcome-introduction into Windows, to cover the hole of it being called "not a tablet-OS". I'd love it as long as the new UI is opt-in based. Like, years back when MS first introduced RibbonUI, almost everyone hated it. Now that ppl get their hands on for months~years they finally realized that features are actually more discoverable (though more clicks!), but it's not half-bad imho. I wish the tile-based UI would be more complete (applied to most of the stock apps) than just applying to the shell and taskbar.

I like this idea, i also use Steam for the digital distro part. Im suprised they didnt do it sooner, especially since they have been touting Digital Distro with their Xbox for years

Well, let's see: I don't have (nor want) any iPad/tablet device, so those "features" are worthless to me. I don't have (nor want) a WP7/Zune device, so those "features" are trash too. That also makes the so-called "app store" worthless as well. See where I'm going here? There's nothing to "get". It's more useless bloat to cater to the masses instead of focusing on what works. I have yet to read anything between the lines that pertains to Microsoft's PC gaming resurrection scheme. It's still early and I'm sure there will be more revealed, but at the moment, I'm completely turned off by Windows 8. If they're going to be pushing me to get involved in this annoying portable device/social networking fad, I'll take my business elsewhere.

Educated Idiot said,
Well, let's see: I don't have (nor want) any iPad/tablet device, so those "features" are worthless to me. I don't have (nor want) a WP7/Zune device, so those "features" are trash too. That also makes the so-called "app store" worthless as well. See where I'm going here? There's nothing to "get". It's more useless bloat to cater to the masses instead of focusing on what works. I have yet to read anything between the lines that pertains to Microsoft's PC gaming resurrection scheme. It's still early and I'm sure there will be more revealed, but at the moment, I'm completely turned off by Windows 8. If they're going to be pushing me to get involved in this annoying portable device/social networking fad, I'll take my business elsewhere.

Uh..hello - An app store would help resurrect gaming. They would have a digital outlet similar to that one system, you know the one nobody uses, what's it called...hot water, water vapor - oh yeah Steam. </sarcasm>

Jesus, stop listening to, and griping about rumors on an OS that no one has seen outside MS.

I love how some people are jumping the gun here, wow. It's like you don't fully understand what this is and what or when it'll even be used. If true it's just a 2nd UI that will probably kick in (if you want) when on a tablet form factor where finger touch is the main form of interaction with the screen. It's not the main desktop UI, the main windows desktop UI will still be more or less what Win7 is now I bet.

As for the app store, it'll be specific apps that are mostly Silverlight based, coded in either C#,VB or even C++ but they'll follow a specific model like WP7 apps do so that regardless of which of the two UI's you are using the apps will work fine.

Really, I don't get what the negative deal with either of these two features (if true) is from some of you. iPad like tablets need a UI that's built for finger touch and not KB/Mouse, so why not have one as the default for lower end devices but still be able to run Win7 or Win8 in this case with all the abilities a full OS gives you? If you're on a desktop like normal you'll probably never even see the damn thing.

GP007 said,
I love how some people are jumping the gun here, wow. It's like you don't fully understand what this is and what or when it'll even be used. If true it's just a 2nd UI that will probably kick in (if you want) when on a tablet form factor where finger touch is the main form of interaction with the screen. It's not the main desktop UI, the main windows desktop UI will still be more or less what Win7 is now I bet.

As for the app store, it'll be specific apps that are mostly Silverlight based, coded in either C#,VB or even C++ but they'll follow a specific model like WP7 apps do so that regardless of which of the two UI's you are using the apps will work fine.

Really, I don't get what the negative deal with either of these two features (if true) is from some of you. iPad like tablets need a UI that's built for finger touch and not KB/Mouse, so why not have one as the default for lower end devices but still be able to run Win7 or Win8 in this case with all the abilities a full OS gives you? If you're on a desktop like normal you'll probably never even see the damn thing.

The few squeeky wheels that complain here don't want to (or can't) understand why they are adding such a feature - but that's OK, it's most likely coming and will be a welcome (and optional - gosh!) change to the OS - use it if you want - or go classic UI route if you don't.

This addition is mainly in response to consumer demand for this type of functionality and the lone .000001% that don't like it aren't the demographic they are aiming for (and these few people's opinions aren't really that important to any of the big tech companies anyway - they try to please most, but can't please all).

WP7 UI wouldn't be so ugly if they just used something other than one colored squares. Man when I load it up with my own stuff, it looks great. They need to just redo the generic ones that come with the phone. Or maybe that's the point. Whatever.

jimmyfal said,
WP7 UI wouldn't be so ugly if they just used something other than one colored squares. Man when I load it up with my own stuff, it looks great. They need to just redo the generic ones that come with the phone. Or maybe that's the point. Whatever.

Now that we've sarted to get more Live tiles compared to the first few weeks where it was just normal plain icons it's really looking better IMO. Once more WP7 apps have live tiles it'll start to make a big difference from one persons phone to the next.

neufuse said,
everything I read is the tile based UI wouldn't be for desktop's just low end systems and tablets

Shhhh, don't bring facts into this!

Waits for Apple Fanboys to join and claim Apple came up with it first

But this really sounds interesting! Would be a great way to find MS software and easily download it! I really can't wait to see this new UI too! Bring on Windows 8 BETA!

The UI isn't all that interesting. The big question is - what about software compatibility? Does it run Windows software? WP7 software? Both? In case of Windows - how on Earth will they be compatible with a new UI with that radical differences? Their interfaces won't be designed for it. For example - a Windows application where you're supposed to drag files from Windows Explorer into its window. And now there's no Explorer, or perhaps no windows.

If it's for WP7 stuff - holy crap, that's even worse, since the amount of Windows software on the market is Windows' by far greatest asset.

micro said,
wtf, appstore... That is very stupid.

i guess sites like download.com that collect lots of software in one place are also stupid?
and steam? stupid too i guess?

micro said,
wtf, appstore... That is very stupid.

It is very smart. A one stop shop for all your software (no not just Angry Birds).

Likely only approved software will get on the app store and that is great news as it will cut down on the amount of crap people download onto there PC's.

mackenziepricee said,

Likely only approved software will get on the app store and that is great news as it will cut down on the amount of crap people download onto there PC's.

+1

a boon for tech support - simple rule "DON'T DOWNLOAD ANYTHING OTHER THAN FROM THE STORE"

micro said,
wtf, appstore... That is very stupid.

People like you are, no offense, very stupid.

First of all, their marketplace isn't the only way to get apps, you can still buy your software like normal. So your complaint is already useless.

Secondly, Linux has had an app store for years now. It's a great idea.

And finally, quit making useless comments like that.

If they execute this right I think it could work great and if its for low-powered devices like tablets as mentioned and opt-in there's no harm.

svnO.o said,
If they execute this right I think it could work great and if its for low-powered devices like tablets as mentioned and opt-in there's no harm.

The harm comes into play when they start announcing more and more features. Remember what Longhorn was suppose to be. They over extended the project and stripped it down and we got Vista. That turned out great as we all know.

this must be the big gamble steve ballmer was talking about with the next windows. i also think it may be a fail if they go this route.

smooth3006 said,
this must be the big gamble steve ballmer was talking about with the next windows. i also think it may be a fail if they go this route.

It actually sounds like a good (epic) plan to have more than one choice - full UI for desktop and tile on tablets and remote systems. Everyone I've talked to loves this new idea/strategy - at least with Win 8 it's sounds like I'll have a choice! I don't think it'll be fail - anymore than the other OSs that will use this scheme.

Well, time to finally ditch Windows for good then. I want nothing to do with the "app craze", Zune/WP7, cloud services, or social media.

Educated Idiot said,
Well, time to finally ditch Windows for good then. I want nothing to do with the "app craze", Zune/WP7, cloud services, or social media.

yeah ill have to agree on this. ill probably use windows 7 for another year then look into osx or maybe even linux.

Educated Idiot said,
Well, time to finally ditch Windows for good then. I want nothing to do with the "app craze", Zune/WP7, cloud services, or social media.

What would you ditch it for? Apple is supposed to be announcing an app store too

djdanster said,
If you don't like it, don't use it.... Duh!

i won't, trust me. windows 7 is a hit and im happy with it. i knew microsoft would do this long ago. even explorer 9 has slight elements of the wp7 UI.

Educated Idiot said,
Well, time to finally ditch Windows for good then. I want nothing to do with the "app craze", Zune/WP7, cloud services, or social media.

Because having a built in application for downloading more programs and games would in some way be bad? And effect your experience when not using it?

Leonick said,

Because having a built in application for downloading more programs and games would in some way be bad? And effect your experience when not using it?

They can't adapt to change.

smooth3006 said,

yeah ill have to agree on this. ill probably use windows 7 for another year then look into osx or maybe even linux.

And Linux has the same too. They have an app store (Where you buy/download apps). It has integrated social networking apps etc

smooth3006 said,

i won't, trust me. windows 7 is a hit and im happy with it. i knew microsoft would do this long ago. even explorer 9 has slight elements of the wp7 UI.

IE9 has WP7 UI elements where exactly? Becaue I sure as heck don't see them.

smooth3006 said,

i won't, trust me. windows 7 is a hit and im happy with it. i knew microsoft would do this long ago. even explorer 9 has slight elements of the wp7 UI.

I meant in regard to the app store. If you don't like the app store, simply continue to buy your software from a different reseller

smooth3006 said,

yeah ill have to agree on this. ill probably use windows 7 for another year then look into osx or maybe even linux.

Why? OS X will get an App Store soon while Ubuntu already has one. Even Vista had an "app store" (nobody seems to remember that). It was called Windows Marketplace and was linked in the Control Panel, downloaded apps were stored in a Digital Locker.

Educated Idiot said,
I want nothing to do with the "app craze", Zune/WP7, cloud services, or social media.
Soo ... you don't want applications, music, a phone, the ability the access your info from anywhere, or the ability to talk to anyone online.

smooth3006 said,

i won't, trust me. windows 7 is a hit and im happy with it. i knew microsoft would do this long ago. even explorer 9 has slight elements of the wp7 UI.

The app store for OSX was announced before this, so what exactly is being complained about here? What part of the WP7 UI is in IE9?

It's exactly the same thing with how people complained about the ribbon UI in Microsoft Word, then they realised it improved the efficiency of editing documents by quite a lot.

i knew microsoft would pull this crap. the wp7 UI looks like utter rubbish and would look silly on a desktop and if windows 8 has it ill be going linux or osx86. i hope this is just a rumor.

smooth3006 said,
i knew microsoft would pull this crap. the wp7 UI looks like utter rubbish and would look silly on a desktop and if windows 8 has it ill be going linux or osx86. i hope this is just a rumor.

Of note is that this rumored UI is... opt-in

ie9 said,

Of note is that this rumored UI is... opt-in

as long as it can be turned off and i can use a windows 7 like desktop, ill be happy.

smooth3006 said,

as long as it can be turned off and i can use a windows 7 like desktop, ill be happy.

Well nobody knows what the actual "main" OS will look like, but I'm sure it will be "Windows 7 like". Just know that the "Mosh" UI that is rumored carries the opt-in tag, as stated in the article

smooth3006 said,

as long as it can be turned off and i can use a windows 7 like desktop, ill be happy.

"with Thurrott suggesting the interface will either be opt-in or only available on low powered devices such as tablets."

Guys, please at least read the article first. Thanks.

smooth3006 said,
i knew microsoft would pull this crap. the wp7 UI looks like utter rubbish and would look silly on a desktop and if windows 8 has it ill be going linux or osx86. i hope this is just a rumor.

They only just came up with the new taskbar in Windows 7. They wouldn't throw any advancements in UI that quickly. I think if anything, the Metro UI will be applied to something like Media Center.

ie9 said,

Of note is that this rumored UI is... opt-in

I hope this UI replaces classic. So we can choose this or the new 8 look (Likely similar to 7). Because I HATE the classic UI which is still in the OS made in 2009, when it stopped being used as default in 2001. And all the businesses use it and it just looks horrible.

scape said,
Guess what OS I won't be using.

You do relize that the tile UI is opt-in (if it's even available for your specific device), right?

scape said,
Guess what OS I won't be using.

The coming Facebook OS (to compete with Chrome OS) that is powered by the Farmville rendering engine...

scape said,
Guess what OS I won't be using.

Yes, a single user among thousands and thousands of em here in Neowin, pleeease tell me what OS you won't use, I'm so excited to hear...

csdavidson said,
I like the idea of the App store. Most things I buy now have digital delivery anyway.

If I can integrate my steam account sign me up!