Windows 8 'Aero Lite' shown off with more detail in new images

Windows 8 will bring many things to the table with regards to new functionality and visual styles. While this is great for everyone with a modern machine, Microsoft does not want to leave out those with hardware that is not up to spec for the new visual cues. 

On this front, Aero Lite will be a new theme for Windows 8 that will encompass the new Meto design language. The image above shows off the new theme in more detail than previous images have shown. In the image, you can see the new start menu with the Metro design applied. The taskbar is also now included in the Aero Lite theme as well and now appears flatter when compared to Windows 7 or Vista. 

This image comes courtesy of MDL where users are still digging through the latest leak. With the leak in the hands of many, as time goes, it is expected that more features will be uncovered and eventually unlocked. 

It shouldn't come as a major surprise that Microsoft will bring the 'Metro' look to Windows 8 as the company has been displaying that visual style on several of its interfaces. The 'Metro' look is set to become a staple of Microsoft products as they continue to build a brand around that visual style to help differentiate their products.

Windows 8 is far off from public availability and it is rumored that a public beta may be announced at PDC later this year. It is expected that Microsoft will launch Windows 8 in late 2012 with the latest rumors suggesting that retail availability will happen in early 2013.

 

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trala said,
Like I don't know this is not the finished product... But in case you haven't noticed (...) did you see how Aero came out in Vista and Windows 7? So you either don't have taste either, or you have never found a better visual style to install, in which case you clearly don't know what I'm talking about.

I use Office 2010 Black as well, which is why I said WHITE, like the above screenshot... which is DEFAULT, by the way. If you don't even take a minute to understand what I'm saying then don't bother to reply.
I see your point but you see looks is not everything. And if your judging aero light based on looks you're so missing the point. The programers def. Did not built the theme thinking "yeah lets make this theme pretty" they made it to be simple and fast on low spec pcs. Besides if you're gonna put all that devianart

So, in case you missed it, what I'm talking about is: 1) I hope things aren't going the way it looks like they're going theme-wise -- this is a VS, btw, and the theme designers made it, btw... so it doesn't give me much hope is all I'm saying 2) the way they're moving to Square on Win8 and Win7 Phones is a direction I personally hope they're not taking, but it already looks like they are

What I meant about Aero is I use the Aero feature of transparency, but I do not use DEFAULT AERO as it comes with Windows 7 (or Vista for that matter). I don't even think you understand what I'm talking about, lol. Look, I build entire Windows builds with many visual styles integrated, plus apps, plus WIM and ISO overlays in under 10 minutes, so I really think you're missing my points and don't know what you're talking about.


trashoner said,
I see your point but you see looks is not everything. And if your judging aero light based on looks you're so missing the point. The programers def. Did not built the theme thinking "yeah lets make this theme pretty" they made it to be simple and fast on low spec pcs. Besides if you're gonna put all that devianart

I guess the above was your reply, right? It was all in one big quotation box so you probably didn't post it right.

But yes I understand this is a VS made for speed and simplicity, but all I'm saying is the examples of VS's we saw during Win7's development was bad and was kept that way! So why not chime in while they're still developing it? I don't *mind* the above theme as an option, but I just hope it's not indicative of the general direction they're going in. But I'll tell you, I think it is, and I hope it is not.

trala said,

I guess the above was your reply, right? It was all in one big quotation box so you probably didn't post it right.

But yes I understand this is a VS made for speed and simplicity, but all I'm saying is the examples of VS's we saw during Win7's development was bad and
was kept that way! So why not chime in while they're still developing it? I don't *mind* the above theme as an option, but I just hope it's not indicative of the general direction they're going in. But I'll tell you, I think it is, and I hope it is not.

Yeah, well I guess that's what happens when you try to neowin with a freaking iPad. This thing sure looks pretty but it has so many bugs about it. Long live rainmeter!

It's simply baffling how some people think something that's close to a year away is a complete design. This is early, folks, just like eveything that has been leaked about Windows 8 is incomplete.

Yes, it would be, IF THAT IS WHAT THEY MEAN! Why don't you get it that people are HOPING and VENTING that this is not the direction they want Microsoft to go in? Remember that commercial on TV, that says, "Made by you"? Well, that is what people are doing here, they are saying, "NO, please Microsoft, don't make it look like this."

They are not saying, "Wow, this is the final and ultimate design that Windows 8 is going to ship with... what do we do now?" LOL You seriously lack in understanding if you think this is what people are saying...

trala said,
Well, that is what people are doing here, they are saying, "NO, please Microsoft, don't make it look like this."

What some people are saying. Others are liking it. So who's in the wrong? Flip a coin?

1) Can't please everybody, just a fact of life
2) Don't like it? Change it. There'll be a ton of alternate themes you can pick from, just like before when people whined about Aero and Luna.

Edit: Re-reading this, probably came off a little harsh, definitely not intended that way, everyone has their own opinion. I was in the exact same "WTF Microsoft?!?" boat with Luna when I first saw XP.

Yes, you're right, the people who are not saying that are not saying that Thanks for clearing that up. Main point is, can Microsoft, the biggest, baddest software company in the world, please hire some good designers already?

Another thing is, too much white is going to be a major nuisance, especially when working at night. It contrast hugely against any wallpaper you might have, so I really hope this time around MS makes some VS variations that have darker backgrounds that go easy on your eyes and that aren't such stark contrast with anything else on your monitor. Another reason I fear they are going in that white-washed direction is the preview shots of Office 15. It is much, much worse and whiter than Office14 default, and also square. So this is what I'm saying, the GENERAL direction the theming is going in right now, I absolutely hate. It is killer on a big screen. Maybe on a Win7 Phone it is OK for clarity, but certainly not for our big modern monitors.

Freaking posers! I love every aspect of how basic and "ugly" this looks. If you're judging this theme based on looks you're missing the point. This theme was made for three kinds of people. The netbook user, the server admin, and the geek that appreciates old school 8bit shiznit. I think this looks awesome. It's lean and mean. It's completely the opposite from a pretty machine running aero or OSX and I just love it because of that. Its just as simple as I want it to be. It's a statement that says "f*** you eye candy" I'm all functionality and about getting things done "what you dont like my square jagged edge looks then go play with your iPad you dumb fagg!!"

trala said,
LOL, well that I can appreciate I will say this, it beats the hell out of Win classic

I don't use Deviantart stuff but I hate the thick chrome around all windows so I get you. I do hate the huge scroll bar and I have actually gotten rid of both of them from the advance theme settings on windows 7. So chromeless it is. I really don't see the point of a scroll bar when we all use the scroll wheel for that. I kind of hate that OSX figure that out before Windows did. Too bad that when I shrink the size of the scroll bar in Aero it gets off center.

trala said,
LOL, well that I can appreciate I will say this, it beats the hell out of Win classic

I don't use Deviantart stuff but I hate the thick chrome around all windows so I get you. I do hate the huge scroll bar and I have actually gotten rid of both of them from the advance theme settings on windows 7. So chromeless it is. I really don't see the point of a scroll bar when we all use the scroll wheel for that. I kind of hate that OSX figure that out before Windows did. Too bad that when I shrink the size of the scroll bar in Aero it gets off center.

Nope. Doesn't do it for me, I think if they want a completely nice zune-looking ux, they'll have to start again with the whole ui and break compatibility, but I could be wrong, I'd like to see what they come up with.

And for gods sake put the start button, user icon background and the explorer navigation buttons back in the .msstyles!

somethingelse said,
Nope. Doesn't do it for me, I think if they want a completely nice zune-looking ux, they'll have to start again with the whole ui and break compatibility, but I could be wrong, I'd like to see what they come up with.

And for gods sake put the start button, user icon background and the explorer navigation buttons back in the .msstyles!

Ok, so you need to read a bit more.

This HAS NOTHING to do with the new UI, or the new UI overlay designed for tablets and TVs, etc.

This is making the old 'Basic/Classic' rendering look more like 'Aero' so that corporations with old pre DX9 crap computers will have the same basic look as the new computers with Aero.


Why is everyone trying to 'judge' what Microsoft is doing, when they NOBODY has seen any of the final UI concepts, and stuff like this that has nothing to do with the Win8 UI for 99.9% of the population get attention and people jump all over it.

Hopefully this is very very very far from being complete.

Actually - hopefully the complete version looks nothing like this. At all.

Wow.

6205 said,
What happened to Microsoft? Have they fired all creative personell and kept only retards?
If i wanted to use this ugly sh*t, i would install Windows 3.11 (or 3.11 theme for Vista...)
http://mrrste.deviantart.com/a...indows-3-11-Vista-111950448

You did read the part where this is Aero LITE right? You know, essentially the replacement on low-horsepower systems for the old classic style that's been lingering since forever? This isn't the default UI, and chances are you'll never even see it.

It looks fine for what it is. I can see how with a little bit of cleaning up (i.e. different shade of Windowing and rounded out the edges a bit) that it will be just fine for servers and, or those with very dated GPUs. The only real thing I can not really understand is why is there a need for shortcuts on the desktop? It is not 1995 anymore. Granted, you can easily solve this, in fact it has been mostly since 2001 with XP. However, why not just get arid of the ability to actually place icons on the desktop altogether... it makes it look to Mac like. Outside of that, it looks fine as a replacement for classic shell.

While this is great for everyone with a modern machine, Microsoft does not want to leave out those with hardware that is not up to spec for the new visual cues.

I honestly don't get this. My 2003 eMac was capable of running Mac OS X' hardware accelerated GUI all the way up to Mac OS X Leopard. Some things were turned off like the transparent Menu Bar and Dashboard ripple effect, but beyond that everything worked just fine.

eMac, that's what, the GeForce2 MX or the Radeon 9600? 32 or 64MB? "Not up to spec" sums it up nicely. The performance hit would be just awful.

.Neo said,

I honestly don't get this. My 2003 eMac was capable of running Mac OS X' hardware accelerated GUI all the way up to Mac OS X Leopard. Some things were turned off like the transparent Menu Bar and Dashboard ripple effect, but beyond that everything worked just fine.

A 2003 video card with DX9, and any 2003 PC CPU will run Windows 7 just as fast as Windows XP, with all the Aero and eye candy features turned on. Which means that in the PC world, a person with a computer from 2003 doesn't have to even give up the 'effects/animations/transparency' like you do on your Mac. Also a 2003 Mac's video won't run some of the 10.6 applications properly, as 'core' does not support the GPUs from the 2003 Macs, and not everything falls back to software rendering properly.

So I don't get why you think your Mac is doing something 'special' here. Win7 will technically run on computers manufactured in the 1990s, if the have a PIII and 800mhz, and 512mb of RAM, they will not only run, but run faster than WinXP or Win98 that shipped on the PC would run.

This has nothing to do with Microsoft leaving PC hardware behind.

Microsoft making Win8 work better with pre 2003 (DX9) video cards is something that has to do more with CORPORATIONs that have very old hardware or crappy Intel based GPUs that don't comply with DX9 fully and they DO NOT like that the current 'fall back' doesn't look the same as the computers that can run the newer video features, so Microsoft is adjusting the pre-WDDM drawing skins to look more like Aero.

It also has to do with Tablet devices, as Win8 will be running on hardware as low end as the original iPad, so there is the whole concept of the non-traditional UI overlay with metro and the minimal rendering effects that might not want all the 'glitz' of Windows 8 on a desktop for battery life reasons.

Man people's comments make me not want to read it anymore... a bunch of crybabies around here lately. Waah this early, unfinished UI is too ugly, waah Classic theme needs to die because I said so, waah, waah - get a life

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