Windows 8 'immersive browser' images surface

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With the recent leak of Windows 8 build 7955 comes another feature Microsoft is secretly working on. The "immersive browser" is a unique Metro UI-style browser, with basic functionality as of right now.

Not too much is known about the browser yet, but based on reports and screenshots that have leaked onto the web, the browser offers users a very limited UI and navigation bar. With only a couple of options including the back and forward history buttons, an address bar with favicon, a refresh button and favorites, the browser offers a compact browser without all the unnecessary bloat.

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The immersive browser can be unlocked through a registry hack in the latest 7955 build, along with the Webcam, pattern login, TaskUI, and PDF reader.

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People need to realize that all these images and videos are VERY early version of the OS, a lot of the things seen will be changed and removed or improved. Also, as for metro UI some aspects are ok if they implement it right but of course there will be a way to disable it.

Funny how some of the same people here that raved and seemed to loved Chrome for its minimalist interface in past posts are the same ones that don't like the minimalist look when it isn't Chrome...

So which is it, do people like a simple interface or do people just hate anything Microsoft does?

It's time for Microsoft to get people attention by purposefully leaking these information. Otherwise, they were be forgotten in the today's smart-phone world where only apple and android seem to rule.

morrizz said,
It's time for Microsoft to get people attention by purposefully leaking these information. Otherwise, they were be forgotten in the today's smart-phone world where only apple and android seem to rule.

This article is about Windows 8 desktop os...

designgears said,
This article is about Windows 8 desktop os...

Which is being specifically designed to be run on more than just a desktop computer.

This and Ubuntu's new Unity. Everything is becoming like a touch screen interface. Not complaining; i would like to see how this turns out.

Do people in the blogging/news media not understand in today's larger computer montiors and resolutions that small images are even ****ing smaller? WE NEED LARGER IMAGES!!!!!!!!!!!

kennyout said,
Do people in the blogging/news media not understand in today's larger computer montiors and resolutions that small images are even ****ing smaller? WE NEED LARGER IMAGES!!!!!!!!!!!

Direct your complaints to the people leaking the images, we can only work with what we're given.

kennyout said,
Do people in the blogging/news media not understand in today's larger computer montiors and resolutions that small images are even ****ing smaller? WE NEED LARGER IMAGES!!!!!!!!!!!

Zoom functionality is your friend.

robert_dll said,

Zoom functionality is your friend.

Use ImageZoom for Firefox and you can zoom too

But really, they are very pixelated when you zoom in.

Andrew Lyle said,

Use ImageZoom for Firefox and you can zoom too

But really, they are very pixelated when you zoom in.

Really? Using CTRL++ it zooms in fine.

As long as they give you an option to turn it off or on it'll be fine. I mean some people love it, and some people will hate it.

You assume that this would be used on a desktop, rather it would probably activate if Windows 8 was installed on tablet device.

DrCheese said,
You assume that this would be used on a desktop, rather it would probably activate if Windows 8 was installed on tablet device.

The location of the buttons suggests it is indeed designed for tablets.

Jenson said,
Kill it with fire, Metro works nice on a small screen but not as a desktop ui.

http://clindhartsen.deviantart.com/gallery/26049243

I think the phrase "O RLY?" comes to mind. Just take a look at that gallery Granted those are more following more the Zune desktop style than the Windows Phone 7 styling, but it can be done
And also keep in mind, this stuff is for the tablet side of Windows 8, not the standard desktop experience.

Jenson said,
Kill it with fire, Metro works nice on a small screen but not as a desktop ui.

Metro for a mobile device is typically different than Metro for the desktop.

Jenson said,
Kill it with fire, Metro works nice on a small screen but not as a desktop ui.

This kind of Metro will be used on tablets and not on the desktop. But the Aero Lite and such Metro looks nice.

TechDudeGeorge said,
This kind of Metro will be used on tablets and not on the desktop.

Exactly, they're not just dealing with desktops and servers anymore, but tablets too. Win 8 is not only going to be good for Microsoft, but tablet vendors too.. sorely tempted to buy a new one once Win8 and ARM tablets are available.

Jenson said,
Kill it with fire, Metro works nice on a small screen but not as a desktop ui.

There's almost a zero percent chance this will be the desktop UI. The desktop version will (most likely) look a lot like IE9.

TechDudeGeorge said,

This kind of Metro will be used on tablets and not on the desktop. But the Aero Lite and such Metro looks nice.

Indeed this appears to be for tablets. I think the concept in the first image is that when you click on the URL bar, your 'most visited websites' tag appears, which is very touch-friendly. This will make browsing faster and smarter on a tablet.

Jenson said,
Kill it with fire, Metro works nice on a small screen but not as a desktop ui.


Metro looks just fine on big screen, see Zune Software interface.

Jenson said,
Kill it with fire, Metro works nice on a small screen but not as a desktop ui.

1) You assume Win8 won't be used on smaller devices, even when there are many Win7 computers that are small devices already. (Even Netbooks are using the same resolution of the next generation of phones.)

2) Metro UI seems to work just fine in Windows Media Center, where Metro UI originated, and it was designed for large screens in the living room. (Again it is more about the functionality and how the interface works, not the 'look' itself.)

~Johnny said,

http://clindhartsen.deviantart.com/gallery/26049243

I think the phrase "O RLY?" comes to mind. Just take a look at that gallery Granted those are more following more the Zune desktop style than the Windows Phone 7 styling, but it can be done
And also keep in mind, this stuff is for the tablet side of Windows 8, not the standard desktop experience.

Looks like a clusterf**k to me, especially the "MetroMail". I know the font named Segoe UI, but that doesn't mean you make whole UIs out of it.

~Johnny said,
http://clindhartsen.deviantart.com/gallery/26049243

I think the phrase "O RLY?" comes to mind. Just take a look at that gallery Granted those are more following more the Zune desktop style than the Windows Phone 7 styling, but it can be done
And also keep in mind, this stuff is for the tablet side of Windows 8, not the standard desktop experience.

Wow, they look stunningly beautiful for some fan concept pieces. Straight forward, to the point and utilitarian - I wished the made the whole GUI like that because lord knows the year 2007 calls and they want their transparency back.

In reference to +Elliott, I know you like flashy shiny things so maybe you should get your self tested for ADD because most of us here use a computer to achieve things and not to be amused by cutesy animations and flashy icons.

Jenson said,
Kill it with fire, Metro works nice on a small screen but not as a desktop ui.

I am curios what desktop you have used with finished final version of Metro that has made you decide it's not good for desktops.