Video: Windows 8 UI ported to iOS, hell freezes over

If you are using an iPhone and have been salivating over the Windows 8 UI, you now have the opportunity to experience the Metro-goodness if your device is jailbroken as you can now download a Windows 8 UI for the iPhone.

The skin is remarkably robust and features the tiles we know and love, charms and even "desktop" support. Desktop support is actually a shortcut back to the standard iOS interface but switching between "Windows 8" and iOS is a fluid experience. 

The UI runs on-top of dreamboard and the actual theme will set you back a $1.50; but that's a small bit of change if you are bored of the standard iOS experience. 

Source: Jailbreaknation | Thanks for the tip @danielbru

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Frank Reymenants said,
I tried it but cydia freezes up when trying to pay for it Any suggestions?

Yes. Get a repo where it's free. I normally don't go that route but the author quite and stopped support. Also OS7 Revive is also very good.

There's a free version and a paid version though I can't find out what the differences are. Anyway tried the free version and while it's what windows 8 should be (on a mobile device not a pc), it's remarkable buggy and very annoying to try and use (like trying to get rid of the popup things that appear, you can't really get rid of them to if the 'apps' appears you have to click it, then drag on the right and go back to 'start'... pretty stupid).

Actually it works really well, I am surprised, it also comes with Androon UI. Much better than the default UI, but then again, I am quite tired of icon rows.

RossDundas said,
Metro. Hmm....I have to pay to make my phone extra sucky.

I hate Metro on PC, but to say Windows 8 on a touch screen device isn't going to be fantastic is just blind hate IMO.

Once Windows 8 goes mainstream and people get used to using it (they will, and they will love it), Windows Phone is going to be a market share to catch up to.

Now please go the other way and make metro more like iOs.
Still no start button, but at least in iOs you can organise related apps into folders to reduce the ghastly tiles-all-over-the-place mess.

gb8080 said,
Now please go the other way and make metro more like iOs.
Still no start button, but at least in iOs you can organise related apps into folders to reduce the ghastly tiles-all-over-the-place mess.

Oh gawd! Please no! Let's move as far away from the 25 year old computing UI as possible.

gb8080 said,
Now please go the other way and make metro more like iOs.
Still no start button, but at least in iOs you can organise related apps into folders to reduce the ghastly tiles-all-over-the-place mess.

Paraphrasing Bill Buxton, there is a problem with UI advancement when it hasn't significantly changed in 25 years since the introduction of the original Mac.

This is true of All UI models outside of some Windows 7 concepts, WP7, and Windows 8.

Sometimes there are UI technologies that shouldn't shift, the problem is when it comes to iOS or OS X UI concepts, they were 'outdated' when Apple put them in the Mac in 1984. For example a 'menu' is a list of text (words) it is not a GUI concept, but was used to 'get by' until computing power could catchup to offer real GUI concepts instead. Apple never got this memo on Menus, when Microsoft was trying to kill them off 10 years ago.

gb8080 said,
Now please go the other way and make metro more like iOs.
Still no start button, but at least in iOs you can organise related apps into folders to reduce the ghastly tiles-all-over-the-place mess.

You do realize that iOS 1.0 didn't come with folders either right? Well this is Metro 1.0.

wow. these dimwits and their fanboys actually call this "metro" thingy a u.i. my my. hell surely has frozen over. somewhere near redmont, washington. that is. lmfao.

I actually saw this a while ago and will probably give it a try. its pretty much the best of both worlds. Nice Apple hardware with the best OS available IMO.

Josh_LosAltosHills said,
I actually saw this a while ago and will probably give it a try. its pretty much the best of both worlds. Nice Apple hardware with the best OS available IMO.

It does look nice but it goes against the one thing iOS is about: loading apps. It's more clicks to your apps so i can just see it more of an inconvenience for iOS users after the novelty of a nice new interface wears off.

If you are using an iPhone and have been salivating over the Windows 8 UI

If you are using an Apple product of any kind, you are probably laughing your ass off at Windows 8's UI.

Fry said,

If you are using an Apple product of any kind, you are probably laughing your ass off at Windows 8's UI.

I actually like both (iOS and Win8).. GASP..

Fry said,

If you are using an Apple product of any kind, you are probably laughing your ass off at Windows 8's UI.

Not when it comes to phones and tablets. The desktop is where most people are annoyed with Microsoft's direction.

Really shows that people are getting bored with the iOS interface. I'll just stick to Windows Phone and buy a WP8 when those come out. My Dell Venue Pro has been great.

mrp04 said,
Really shows that people are getting bored with the iOS interface. I'll just stick to Windows Phone and buy a WP8 when those come out. My Dell Venue Pro has been great.

No it doesn't show that. Customization has been part of technology since the beginning. What a stupid thing to say.

mrp04 said,
Really shows that people are getting bored with the iOS interface. I'll just stick to Windows Phone and buy a WP8 when those come out. My Dell Venue Pro has been great.

It does get boring and I do find themes fun to play around with. I haven't found a single theme that I'd actually replace as my default theme. iOS may have a boring interface but at least it works...

mrp04 said,
Really shows that people are getting bored with the iOS interface. I'll just stick to Windows Phone and buy a WP8 when those come out. My Dell Venue Pro has been great.

+ 1

King Mustard said,

No it doesn't show that. Customization has been part of technology since the beginning. What a stupid thing to say.

True, but when the user removes all that is specific to one platform and replaces it with another, this does show UI envy.

The same is true when you see a Windows 7 user and their desktop looks like OS X and things are remapped to work more like OS X.

It happens, don't get offended.

I guess... I see it more of a great feat being able to make it look/work like the Windows UI, considering it's vastly different than anything else.

Mike Depo said,
How to take a loser phone and give it a bit of something cool

Are you defining yourself and people around you by the phone you and they use?

That's sad...

myxomatosis said,

Are you defining yourself and people around you by the phone you and they use?

That's sad...

pretty sure he meant that the phone was a looser, not the people using it...although both are somewhat true...

Some people blindly buy iPhones because the guy in the TV told them it's so cool, that's loser mentality. Some people feel pressured to buy an iPhone just to be cool like everyone (some people make fun of other people because they don't have an iPhone), that's also loser mentality.

Edited by PmRd, Jul 10 2012, 3:46pm :

PmRd said,
Some people blindly buy iPhones because the guy in the TV told them it's so cool, that's loser mentality. Some people feel pressured to buy an iPhone just to be cool like everyone (some people make fun of other people because they don't have an iPhone), that's also loser mentality.

Newsflash: people don't know what they're buying half the damn time anyway.

sanke1 said,
I thought it was a true port
Are you kidding? You do realise you need the source code of something to port it.

PmRd said,
Are you kidding? You do realise you need the source code of something to port it.

Porting it without cute 'C' or 'C++' source code is very possible.

Stopping Microsoft from keeping your product from seeing daylight, much harder.

People are so locked into the FOSS mindset they forget that 'binaries' are just machine code and can be read by people that understand assembly as easily as a higher level language code like C or C++.

FOSS has made people dumb and lazy. 'Wah! We need the C++ code, cause the assembly code is too hard to read. Wah!"

thenetavenger said,

Porting it without cute 'C' or 'C++' source code is very possible.

Stopping Microsoft from keeping your product from seeing daylight, much harder.

People are so locked into the FOSS mindset they forget that 'binaries' are just machine code and can be read by people that understand assembly as easily as a higher level language code like C or C++.

FOSS has made people dumb and lazy. 'Wah! We need the C++ code, cause the assembly code is too hard to read. Wah!"

Ok... Good luck porting Windows 8 using assembly...

PmRd said,

Ok... Good luck porting Windows 8 using assembly...

I know a guy who can program in Binary amazing to watch he's a higher functioning savant ....

Athlonite said,

I know a guy who can program in Binary amazing to watch he's a higher functioning savant ....

You'd be watching him for years trying to port Windows 8 that way

The "UI" stands for user interactive, duuuh!

So UII is user interactive interface, and it's only available for iOS. Hah! you windows phone fan loser!

flexkeyboard said,
The "UI" stands for user interactive, duuuh!

So UII is user interactive interface, and it's only available for iOS. Hah! you windows phone fan loser!

Not that it is that big of a deal, but google "define:UI" and there isn't a single definition as "user interactive".. All appear as non-related definitions or "user interface". So it does sound kinda funny as "UI interface".

That said... If I had an iPhone, think I would have to give it a try over the standard iOS interface.

^lol, ok this is where I come in and do damage control
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Edited by flexkeyboard, Jul 10 2012, 5:34am :

flexkeyboard said,
The "UI" stands for user interactive, duuuh!

So UII is user interactive interface, and it's only available for iOS. Hah! you windows phone fan loser!


What type of User Interface isn't interactive?

flexkeyboard said,
The "UI" stands for user interactive, duuuh!

So UII is user interactive interface, and it's only available for iOS. Hah! you windows phone fan loser!

what the ****..

S_Herbie said,

What type of User Interface isn't interactive?

Not trying to jump into the spitting match, but technically there is such a thing as a passive interface, that is not 'inter-active'.

For example drive down a street with a 'car' counter installed, this is a passive interface.

bilemke said,

Not that it is that big of a deal, but google "define:UI" and there isn't a single definition as "user interactive".. All appear as non-related definitions or "user interface". So it does sound kinda funny as "UI interface".

That said... If I had an iPhone, think I would have to give it a try over the standard iOS interface.

yah that's what I always thought UI or GUI meant User Interface or Graphical User Interface both of which can be used to describe what you see and use on a screen or other such viewable device nothing to do with interactivity

Brando212 said,
is dreamboard still as slow and sucky as it used to be?

Hmmm... Idk... let's try?
At least it doesn't impact the unthemed mode unlike Winterboard.

GS:mac