Windows 8 new UI theme shown off, interesting color options

Gone are the days of Aero glass, Metro is here to stay, both on the start screen and the desktop interface. WinUnleaked showed off the screenshots today, which reveal mostly what we expected, albeit with an extra option.

The screenshots below depict a flatter, cleaner and more colorful interface for the desktop that is consistent across the OS. In the latest builds, you are able to enable an option that lets you keep the taskbar color separate from the window color. Whilst some buttons have been updated, many still feature the Vista-era glossy icons. Hopefully that will change in a later build.

Colors are customizable, as in previous releases, but the default options are all pastel colors, just like the set found in the start screen.

Now that the Release Preview is out the door, it seems that Microsoft is getting extremely close to finishing Windows 8 and is gearing up for release to the public in time for the holiday season. You can view the full resolution screenshots, in all their pastel glory by clicking on the gallery at the end of this article.


Choosing a color - note the new "Use the same color for window borders" option


You can only select to have the taskbar and the windows the same color, otherwise windows remain white

What do you think of the changes? Are they for the better? Let us know in the comments!

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Oh Microsoft, I just want to cry!

I had just finally got around to liking Windows 8 enough to get off the fence and prepare to install it at release as my main OS.

All that time debating the pros and cons of install Windows 8 or keeping with Windows 7, and now I am back on the fence again.

I could mod the theme in time, but I like Aero Glass - it works for me. I find it clean, refined, easy to work with productivity wise and with the correct wallpaper even refreshing - it helps provide a sense of tranquility to a busy day. I like the little peeks of my baby daughter and wife or a scenic vista - it makes me smile.

This latest UI really makes the desktop UI look like an afterthought on the rush to RTM. It feels 'plasticky' and cheap.

What is wrong with including multiple themes with Windows 8? I can deal with the Metro now - I have got used to that, but Windows 8 inherently supports Aero Glass effects - it is working fine in the RP after all. Why create more work for yourselves in removing it?

Microsoft, please just give the user an option to work in an environment they like to work in! A sense of familiarity - nostalgia is good. Keep both themes and let us choose!

I like Windows 8, and I really want to continue liking it. I've had to adjust enough. Just help get me back off this fence with a ladder rather than another kick... I don't wish to stick with the RP as my main OS and I do appreciate the need to evolve at times.

Oh Microsoft, I just want to cry!

I had just finally got around to liking Windows 8 enough to get off the fence and install it at release.

All that time debating the pros and cons of install Windows 8 or keeping with Windows 7, and now I am back on the fence again.

I could mod the theme in time, but I like Aero Glass - it works for me. I find it clean, refined, easy to work with productivity wise and with the correct wallpaper even refreshing - it helps provide a sense of tranquility to a busy day. I like the little peeks of my baby daughter and wife or a scenic vista - it makes me smile.

This really makes the desktop UI look like an afterthpugh

comecon said,
Oh Microsoft, I just want to cry!

I had just finally got around to liking Windows 8 enough to get off the fence and install it at release.

All that time debating the pros and cons of install Windows 8 or keeping with Windows 7, and now I am back on the fence again.

I could mod the theme in time, but I like Aero Glass - it works for me. I find it clean, refined, easy to work with productivity wise and with the correct wallpaper even refreshing - it helps provide a sense of tranquility to a busy day. I like the little peeks of my baby daughter and wife or a scenic vista - it makes me smile.

This really makes the desktop UI look like an afterthpugh

Don't you just hate typing on a phone at times?

I'll be so glad when everyone who doesn't want in, can just go use Ubuntu or the Pinball Machine.

Then NeoWin can get back to being a real Windows Blog. You guys are whiners. Go cry to your Mama, she misses you only cuz she was forced to give birth to you.

jimmyfal said,
I'll be so glad when everyone who doesn't want in, can just go use Ubuntu or the Pinball Machine.

Then NeoWin can get back to being a real Windows Blog. You guys are whiners. Go cry to your Mama, she misses you only cuz she was forced to give birth to you.

jimmyfail, you're an idiot.

Tuishimi said,
It looks like one or two of the themes I used to run on Mac OS X, back when it was theme-able.

Sort of like a colorful version of "Milk" or something.

KsenOug said,
Just when I thought my eyes are ok, I am blind, again !
By the way, this is a great way to get epilepsy.

They should seriously print a photosensitive seizure warning on it if they do not already...

psreloaded said,

They should seriously print a photosensitive seizure warning on it if they do not already...

Nice idea: WARNING! Use this theme at your own risk...

I'll stay with white/gray myself. I always turn aero off anyway. It always seemed pretentious and useless. Minimalist ftw. However, for users that love aero, don't see why they couldn't leave it in. /shrug

It doesn't look the way people expected but I hope the recommended system requirements of the FINAL version or RTM will be lower than the current release preview to match those of XP.

The white doesn't look too bad, but the other colors are hideous, especially black where you can't even read the text at the top. Look at red, not only is the text hard to read, but the buttons are hard to see. Its terrible. I really liked the aero glass/metro mix that is present in the RC, not this.

This is an effing joke, right? Early April fools? Looks like 2012 will be the year of Linux on the desktop. Not because it got better, but because Windows will be the joke OS. I know I sure will laugh at anyone I see running it...

This looks like something my 5 year old came up with in MS Paint.

runningnak3d said,
This is an effing joke, right? Early April fools? Looks like 2012 will be the year of Linux on the desktop.

Exactly, throwing everything away and starting with something that's incompatible with most everything makes much more sense than just changing the theme with one you like or even staying with your current version. /s

Max Norris said,

Exactly, throwing everything away and starting with something that's incompatible with most everything makes much more sense than just changing the theme with one you like or even staying with your current version. /s

Much better to get started now than to wait for MS to release this hideous 8bit color OS. Not to mention that Win 8 has far more problems than just the fact that it is butt f**king ugly. Ironic: In the past I wouldn't switch to Linux because it was (is) butt ugly, no other reason, it was (is) just God awful to look at. This is worse...

Methinks Stardock are going to clean-up with the extra copies of Windowblinds that are going to shift after Win 8 is released. If anyone is desperate enough to want to jump onto the Win 8 devolution bandwagon that is. Looks like MS is determined to force people onto other OS choices rather than take a step back & listen to what the majority of critical thinkers are saying. Quite sad really - Win 7 looks like the best option for a few more years.

ahhell said,
If you look at the screen shot, there's a color mixer so you can make your own. What's the big ****ing deal???

Indeed, and it's not like you can't change it.. give it a bit of time, DeviantArt/etc will load up on alternative themes soon enough, never mind alternatives like WindowBlinds and the like. Have yet to find an OS theme that I liked 100% out of the box.. not a fan of the massive amount of white, but still like it better than Luna

I want aero back... or at least an option to turn it on...

What is with m$ these days, trying to shove things forcefully without giving options...

I don't see a drop-shadow anywhere - is this really the full-fat DWM UI?

It's like they're hoping to destroy the Mac faithful through uncontrollable laughter/aneurysms.

Even in the RP you only get a shadow on the active window and a previous Microsoft blog post said they were removing transparency and shadows altogether for performance and visual reasons.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Even in the RP you only get a shadow on the active window and a previous Microsoft blog post said they were removing transparency and shadows altogether for performance and visual reasons.

The white theme in the blog (link below) showed the same shadow on the focused-app as the RP, but the pics above don't, even tho the window appears to be focused. Certainly gives the impression that they've done away with ds's completely, or this isn't the DWM theme. Ironically all desktop windows get a ds when thumbnailed when the desktop is in metro snap-mode in the RP.

http://bit.ly/JCGm81

It's hard not to make the observation that Microsoft now consider any change they make to be progress, no matter how it looks. A step back is as good as a step forwards (and so much easier!) - An austerity desktop for austerity times, or the Emperor's new clothes?

Can you imagine any other products-based company decrying it's aesthetics of recent years as redundant frippery, and going retro-basic? A car company?

Surely the power-cost of rendering translucencies and shadows is negligible versus the frequent full-screen transitions that Metro creates?

This really looks bad compared to OSX which I guess they're competing with. It looks like something from 10 years ago, have people really been paid to design this? Looks more like the developers designed it actually.

Microsoft still doesn't understand one simple thing: no desktop or laptop user will use touchscreen, because it is not convenient. The whole basic idea of their Win8 is JUST PLAIN WRONG!

lexp said,
Microsoft still doesn't understand one simple thing: no desktop or laptop user will use touchscreen, because it is not convenient. The whole basic idea of their Win8 is JUST PLAIN WRONG!
On a laptop touch is much quicker and more accurate than a trackpad for many functions (i.e. launching an app, closing an app, etc). Considering that most new computers will have touch functionality - and it will drive sales - you can't fault Microsoft for catering to that market.

theyarecomingforyou said,
On a laptop touch is much quicker and more accurate than a trackpad for many functions.

Until your arms get tired...

I do not understand why they couldn't allow users to choose between the Windows 7 UI or Windows 8 UI during setup, at least giving people a chance to gradually get used to the Metro UI.

bull****, why would you remove aero?! It's good, even Apple included transparency, ubuntu too, and I guess other OS's too, why? Because it's useful.

Utter garbage. And are they going to have a dark theme, like in VS 2012? This is a sea of blinding white. This looks nothing like Metro with those huge borders.

I hope they can go with a gentler tone of white, and that the window titles can be in other colours than black. (Black text on black? Urgh.)

How does this tie in with the start screen? i know [i think] it's all customisable but the contrast of colours i've seen on the start screen to those options above are way off?

I'm sad to say it looks a mess, and whats with the old icons? they don't fit with the new design at all, everything should be flat with solid colours? assuming they are going to change? It's like they've implemented a metro start screen, which does look nice i'll admit, then badly tried to implement it across the rest of the OS. I don't think the geeks of the world will have much trouble with this but the general consumer is going to HATE it. I manage a network and i can't imagine us EVER upgrading to this.

I dislike Windows 8 full stop so far sadly.. If it is how it is for the main part.. I will stick with Windows 7.. I just don't like the OS for non touch devices, the only devices I have currently

I think I see what Microsoft did here: They made the desktop experience as terrible looking as possible without sacrificing functionality (except for the Start Menu obviously) so Metro looks good in comparison.

I think that is completely ugly. If Aero transparency is no longer an option its going to take even more resources for me to run WindowsBlinds to get it back.

Jarrichvdv said,
Wtf is wrong with you guys. It looks awesome

I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

But there's also some basic guidelines that should be respected when you're designing an interface... in this case, some basic guidelines aren't respected.

myxomatosis said,

I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

But there's also some basic guidelines that should be respected when you're designing an interface... in this case, some basic guidelines aren't respected.

I don't know anything about design. What basic guidelines that you see are not being followed? If they are guidelines, then are there exceptions?

i like it but

1. some icons should be changed - the "old" Vista icon style doesn't go well with this UI
2. why oh WHY we need f_____g FRAME on the windows? why can't everything be like Zune and Device Manager? really, it's THAT HARD TO NOTICE?

rfirth said,

You really should compare the default themes. Choosing a screenshot where somebody decided to use an ugly color isn't really Microsoft's fault.

End of the story. A very realistic point.

Edited by minoskid, Jun 14 2012, 9:44am :

.Neo said,
The whole thing looks like Windows not being able to find the actual theme files.

Best comment! I can't stop laughing!

this design is a step back and even worse than apple....OMG! Windows 8 release preview aero class got some subtle changes which is fine..and wtf is wrong with microsoft by killing off the aero??

lamebo said,
It looks dumb with all the old icons from like vista, r they going to change that or what??

They've said they are, but you'll see them closer to RTM.

Vile. This looks as if it were designed by a child. Seriously, what the hell are Microsoft's designers on, it looks as if they're trying to make their UI appear as if it were designed by a child. I also disagree that the newer and more glossy icons need to go, being dull and boring is not good for an OS.

If i worked at MS i would start bringing boxes to work in preparation for the day in the near future when they declare bankruptcy.

Iridium said,
If i worked at MS i would start bringing boxes to work in preparation for the day in the near future when they declare bankruptcy.

Do you think the only product MS makes is Windows. Even if and I say if windows 8 is not a success it will still make a lot of money. Just as Vista did. As with Vista it was ahead of its time, there was nothing wrong with the OS. But that being said Windows 8 will not be a failure in the least, many businesses have been waiting for this type of integration from MS between PC, Tablet and Phone and I would expect to see this roll out faster than previous versions of windows.

You dont clearly relate brand power to failure do you? Apples late success actually started with iPods and then people got into the brand and liked other things too. Microsoft has had so many negatives tied to their name and now Windows 8 and Windows Phone will be more of that.

really enjoyed using xp than things began going downhill. hated using windows vista because it had too many problems and things i did not like about it... windows 7 was a improvement over vista for me but still not as great as windows xp.... finally made the switch and got a mac instead and love it and will never go back to windows... and windows 8 looks even worse than everything i have used before!

mattburley7 said,
really enjoyed using xp than things began going downhill. hated using windows vista because it had too many problems and things i did not like about it... windows 7 was a improvement over vista for me but still not as great as windows xp.... finally made the switch and got a mac instead and love it and will never go back to windows... and windows 8 looks even worse than everything i have used before!

I'm not creative enough to come up with a real comment.

I like it. It looks clean and simple, just like the start screen. The Vista/7 era icons need to go though. They do not match at all with the new style. If MS is going all-in with metro then the next logical step is to replace all old icons with new ones.

Once they get the nice & new metro style icons matching the theme, I think it will look clean and slick now let's cross fingers they actually get rid of all legacy icons from the Vista/7 era though.

Ely said,
Once they get the nice & new metro style icons matching the theme, I think it will look clean and slick now let's cross fingers they actually get rid of all legacy icons from the Vista/7 era though.

No, metro style icons everywhere would just make it even more hideous.

Having used PC's for as long as I have, this brings me back almost to Windows 1.0!!! Christ, Windows 3.1 was more interesting than this kids toy of an interface!

This OS will:

A) CRASH and BURN BADLY with Power and Corporate users
B) Be a HUGE success to those who can barely turn the PC on

I also predict this will be a worse flop than Windows Me and Vista COMBINED!

I showed the RP to some of my co-workers at the law firm where I provide tech support, and it was unanimous I HATE IT!

This reminds me of using Office 2010 for the first time with the Ribbon. At first, I hated it. But it soon became apparent the Ribbon works very well. After using it for over a year, I find moving back to Office 2003 is very archaic. And guess what? People at my workplace adapted to Office 2010 very quickly. If anything, the Windows 8 will make it easier for corporate users.

.Neo said,
Acceptance isn't the same as actually liking it.

It's not acceptance. I rather like it today after having hated it before. The Ribbon makes so much more sense than the old File menu.

KevinN206 said,

It's not acceptance. I rather like it today after having hated it before. The Ribbon makes so much more sense than the old File menu.

This item isn't about the Ribbon.

Stick with Windows-7, or XP if you have some critical legacy applications, and all this Windows-8 heartburn goes away. Maybe, just maybe, MS will realize the errors of their bad decisions and will release Windows-9.

I can't say I'm impressed. The biggest issue is the legibility of text when changing colour, as even on the presets the dark text is hard to read. Also, I'm not sure I like the fact the buttons no longer have an outline around them.

That said the white theme itself is pretty decent and hardly a radical departure from Win7. Is this going to be pushed through Windows Update for RP? I know Microsoft was talking about putting out some big updates due to it being the release preview.

theyarecomingforyou said,

That said the white theme itself is pretty decent and hardly a radical departure from Win7.

I know... I don't know what everyone is complaining about. Anyone who is complaining about the bad color themes should take a look at Windows 7 or Windows Vista with a custom Aero glass set with these colors... they look just as bad.

I have generally liked other forms of Metro, but Microsoft has done a not so hot job on Windows 8. At least on the desktop level.

There's great inconsistencies. You have many Aero-style icons with a quasi-Metro stylized window frame and taskbar. When I think of Metro, I don't glassy stylized colorful icons. I see more universal type icons with little or no gloss and just blends into the app rather than standing out from it. Content rules, not icons, remember Microsoft?

Plus "Save Changes" and "Cancel" icon are still Aero rather than the new Metro. Aero and Metro achieve different looks and trying to mix them seems pretty awful. Having this half-baked in the final release will not make most consumers happy I'd bet.

While I enjoyed having a see-through taskbar and title bar and having sparkly min,max,close, etc. There is something to be said for the simplicity of the colors as shown in the screenshots.
The colors on a see-through taskbar were not that dramatic. I like the toned down look as well though, certainly fits Metro style better.
I'm sure Stardock is happy, it keeps Windowblinds important as it could be used to return to the transparent look if you really want it (at least I'm sure they'll be able to do that with it).

Sekyal said,
While I enjoyed having a see-through taskbar and title bar and having sparkly min,max,close, etc. There is something to be said for the simplicity of the colors as shown in the screenshots.
The colors on a see-through taskbar were not that dramatic. I like the toned down look as well though, certainly fits Metro style better.
I'm sure Stardock is happy, it keeps Windowblinds important as it could be used to return to the transparent look if you really want it (at least I'm sure they'll be able to do that with it).
You call it new and simplicity metro I call it Windows Whistler.

I'm glad people have finally waken up to this fu*kery Microsoft has been pulling. It looks like they said. "Nah screw making advanced graphics. lets use paint and call it metro!"

It looks a lot better when you have CONTENTS in those tiles. I have pictures of friends and families in my People tile. I have headlines on the News tiles. I have the NBA on the Sports tile. Metro tiles become alive when you start to PERSONALIZE them to YOUR life.

KevinN206 said,
It looks a lot better when you have CONTENTS in those tiles. I have pictures of friends and families in my People tile. I have headlines on the News tiles. I have the NBA on the Sports tile. Metro tiles become alive when you start to PERSONALIZE them to YOUR life.

See I have all that too; with simple widgets on my normal desktop. I don't see a need for Metro on anything but a touch tablet.

Microsoft is out of their minds. LoL, These Win 8 themes are looking bad. I think even whistler looked better. Eh, I guess some people like these themes. Seems Microsoft is changing their image similar to what Apple does, no more customization, no more options to makes parts of the OS look like how you want them to look and behave; it's their way or the highway. No Thanks.

KevinN206 said,
Viewing the non-resized screenshots look A LOT better.

I've checked, no they don't

korupt_one said,

I checked and they do, maybe you should get some new specs or contacts.

No, eyesight's fine thanks but you should have yours checked as you're in the very small minority if you really think that it doesn't look like crap.

glyfz said,

No, eyesight's fine thanks but you should have yours checked as you're in the very small minority if you really think that it doesn't look like crap.

the very small minority are actually the ones that are hating this, you included.

glyfz said,

if you really think that it doesn't look like crap.

It's not ugly if you don't choose ugly colors with that color chooser.

I think we need to see the FULL RESOLUTION version of this before judging. Frankly, I hate these resized pictures that often look bad.

KevinN206 said,
I registered and looked at the non-resized screenshot (looks like it's cropped), so everything looks a lot cleaner and better.

You're drinking too much of the "microsoft kool-aid" I'm afraid... I registered to see the fullscreen images... I can confirm you the colors look as horrible as they did on the cropped images.

KevinN206 said,
I registered and looked at the non-resized screenshot (looks like it's cropped), so everything looks a lot cleaner and better.

You're drinking too much of the "microsoft kool-aid" I'm afraid... I registered to see the fullscreen images... I can confirm you the colors look as horrible as they did on the cropped images.

myxomatosis said,

I can confirm you the colors look as horrible as they did on the cropped images.

The colors look just as bad as those colors look when you choose them for the Aero glass color...

myxomatosis said,

You're drinking too much of the "microsoft kool-aid" I'm afraid... I registered to see the fullscreen images... I can confirm you the colors look as horrible as they did on the cropped images.

And I can confirm that you are just a troll like most of the comments on here.

korupt_one said,

And I can confirm that you are just a troll like most of the comments on here.

I was waiting for the McCarthy on duty today.......................

myxomatosis said,

You're drinking too much of the "microsoft kool-aid" I'm afraid... I registered to see the fullscreen images... I can confirm you the colors look as horrible as they did on the cropped images.


Because obviously anyone that disagrees with your preferences is automatically drinking "kool-aid." How much kool-aid have you been drinking lately?

The colour scheme reminds me of the Kid OS's that they have installed in primary schools so everything looks all pretty and colourful. Really doesn't strike me as something you would see in a professional/grown-up OS.

I don't like it.

firey said,
The colour scheme reminds me of the Kid OS's that they have installed in primary schools so everything looks all pretty and colourful.

Peter Pickle says, "you're going to LOVE playing with my rainbow buttons!!!!"

firey said,
The colour scheme reminds me of the Kid OS's that they have installed in primary schools so everything looks all pretty and colourful. Really doesn't strike me as something you would see in a professional/grown-up OS.

I don't like it.


I'm guessing that is why you can pick white, grey and black? For people who think colors are only for kids. I do agree all the color options look horrible though just doesn't fit the windows at all, if they put some transparency back in it might look better.

myxomatosis said,
Horrible in all possible ways. Welcome back to Windows 95. lol

Windows 8 is going down. Will be even worse than Vista!

I don't see any resemblence between this and Windows 95. This is loads better.

SharpGreen said,

I don't see any resemblence between this and Windows 95. This is loads better.

When was the last time you loaded Windows 95 on MODERN hardware?! Apples to apples...

excalpius said,

When was the last time you loaded Windows 95 on MODERN hardware?! Apples to apples...

Who said anything about loading Windows 95? The word "loads" is a synonym for "lots".

"This is loads better" means "this is a lot better".

SharpGreen said,

No one is talking about OS X here, why are you bringing it up?

OS - Operating System. Is a general definition. You added yourself the X, which in combination with "OS X" already refers to a brand and an OS of itself.

crush2k7 said,

...

Joke - A thing that someone says to cause amusement or laughter, esp. a story with a funny punchline.

Let's use it in a sentence:
I don't think you got WinA's joke.

ShMaunder said,

Swap around the icons, then I don't think it'll look too dissimilar.

To be honest, it looks more like the Wayland compositor (which is Alpha software) - no I retract that, Wayland concepts look far better.

Even with the same icons they still look nothing alike.

This is turning into such a friggen joke. WHAT THE HELL MICROSOFT?!?!?! I have said it before and i will say it again, has anyone else noticed the paradox of the over simplicity and hidden controls of metro and then the overly exposed controls of explorer with the ribbon? This is the most mish mash POS i have ever seen. While i still really dislike the GUI paradigms in OSX and the cultish behaviour of iDevice owners im starting to think that when Microsoft no longer exists i will still need a production machine. I just dont get why they are driving metro so hard when the Zune failed, windows phone 7 has REALLY failed and the reactions to Windows 8 are not good at all.

Iridium said,
This is turning into such a friggen joke. WHAT THE HELL MICROSOFT?!?!?! I have said it before and i will say it again, has anyone else noticed the paradox of the over simplicity and hidden controls of metro and then the overly exposed controls of explorer with the ribbon? This is the most mish mash POS i have ever seen. While i still really dislike the GUI paradigms in OSX and the cultish behaviour of iDevice owners im starting to think that when Microsoft no longer exists i will still need a production machine. I just dont get why they are driving metro so hard when the Zune failed, windows phone 7 has REALLY failed and the reactions to Windows 8 are not good at all.
The ribbon in Explorer is minimized by default.

Iridium said,
I have said it before and i will say it again, has anyone else noticed the paradox of the over simplicity and hidden controls of metro and then the overly exposed controls of explorer with the ribbon?

It's not a paradox. Now that the filesystem and desktop are de-emphasized for "casual" users, Explorer becomes less of an "explorer" and more of just a file "manager". So the UI should be designed with more emphasis on the tools. IOW having Metro leaves the desktop free to become "geekier", you can see this trend also in stuff like the graphs in copy dialogs or the right-click menu on Start with all the power user tools (as opposed to the Win7 start menu with its default links to Pictures and Music and stuff).

Um what about enterprise users who actually need the REAL multitasking that the desktop has? The mobile paradigm of multitasking is totally incomparable to that of a the desktop. I think i will switch to....(swallows blue pill)....OSX and use an android phone. I would have said linux but until they have sorted out their stupid desktop GUI's and inudstry standard production tools like Adobe creation suite are avaialbe on the cloud it is just not an option.

Iridium said,
Um what about enterprise users who actually need the REAL multitasking that the desktop has?

Good thing Windows 8 supports that, then...

No i mean if the desktop is being made geeky because metro is where the action is then how will that suit enterprise dekstop users???? Read all the comments before making yours.

aristofeles said,
Even here on Neowin the vast majority of users hated it?! Way to go, Microsoft!!!

And we're the ones who are techno-savvy enough to hack this into whatever we actually want to use. The general public are going to be scratching their heads six ways from Sunday on this.

Windows 8 -- the "New Coke" of operating systems...

aristofeles said,
Even here on Neowin the vast majority of users hated it?! Way to go, Microsoft!!!

and Neowin members are the majority of the planet, I don't think so, if you were measured in market share you would not even be seen. I think anytime a Microsoft article comes out or a Window article there seem to be the same old bunch of whiners and idiots come out of the woodwork just to make there little pointless comment. Are you that stupid to think Microsoft hasn't already done a lot of research and focus groups to test all the features in Windows 8 with both cosumers and business clients before doing this, Windows 8 in all its version will be a huge success

excalpius said,

And we're the ones who are techno-savvy enough to hack this into whatever we actually want to use. The general public are going to be scratching their heads six ways from Sunday on this.

Windows 8 -- the "New Coke" of operating systems...

glassed silver could say something about that.

I really like it, and fully expect to be in the minority here.

That said, it reminds me most of the UIs in older versions of MS Encarta.

eilegz said,
no start menu? are they serious... sigh i stick with windows 7 i guess.

this has been known for quite some time now, maybe catch up on the news a bit more often.

_heracles said,
If you do not like it, you can just use METRO interface exclusively.

What if you don't like the METRO interface?

firey said,

What if you don't like the METRO interface?


Then use the desktop. And don't pick ugly colors for the desktop like the author did.

_heracles said,
If you do not like it, you can just use METRO interface exclusively.

Except you can't since most apps, including Microsoft Office, will run on the desktop.

_heracles said,
Well then stop complaining.

I wasn't the one complaining here. I just pointed out what you're saying is nonsense.

I've seen so many people complain how ugly Windows 8 is, and many similar people complain about the restriction of colours in the start screen, now free reign on colours is given in the desktop users complain it's even more ugly - but this is clearly a consequence of changing the colour... it looks great till people start messing with it.

To add another confusion to the mix... the nicest colour I've seen running on WP7 is the htc green. Why isn't this available on W8.. grrr.

lt8480 said,
I've seen so many people complain how ugly Windows 8 is, and many similar people complain about the restriction of colours in the start screen, now free reign on colours is given in the desktop users complain it's even more ugly - but this is clearly a consequence of changing the colour... it looks great till people start messing with it.

This.

lt8480 said,
I've seen so many people complain how ugly Windows 8 is, and many similar people complain about the restriction of colours in the start screen, now free reign on colours is given in the desktop users complain it's even more ugly - but this is clearly a consequence of changing the colour... it looks great till people start messing with it.

To add another confusion to the mix... the nicest colour I've seen running on WP7 is the htc green. Why isn't this available on W8.. grrr.

You can get that green, at least on the desktop, if you use the color picker/sliders w/e.

What a ****ing joke, after a long use your eyes won't be seen any other colour but white white white...white, developers developers developers.

How could they spent so much of their resources and only to come up with such a lazy ass theme. I bet all these guys are over 40yrs old, that might explain their effort.

Bunch of doodlers

Two things:
First. Aero hasn't gone anywhere, they've just killed the transparency.
Second: The black color still does not let you read ****.

Jose_49 said,
Two things:
First. Aero hasn't gone anywhere, they've just killed the transparency.
Second: The black color still does not let you read ****.

looks like the black color wasn't a standard option though, just Canouna fiddling with the sliders.

contextfree said,

looks like the black color wasn't a standard option though, just Canouna fiddling with the sliders.


. Me like black

Jose_49 said,
Two things:
First. Aero hasn't gone anywhere, they've just killed the transparency.
Second: The black color still does not let you read ****.

cant find anything on not having the glass option removed? they do have different type of themes, this just might be new basic? or an added category next to basic and glass.
who knows? we don't

Sorry,, but them colors is ugly. They are too bright (though there's an option to lighten them). They should have used the "Silver" theme from Office 2010.

Which is why you are able to choose the colors that you like. If not, then use the auto colorization option and it'll match your color with the background.

Deliciously_Random said,
Looks like ass. More proof MS can't design their way out of a paper bag.

MS can't design their way out of a paper bag and yet everyone and their cat seems to spout the virtues of Windows 7's aero theme as if it's the bread thing since sliced bread.

Kyang said,
Looks super clean. Good.

Then you haven't tried MAC OSX (Btw, I was a hardcore Windows user until this crap came along). This is a disgrace to the designers community!

crush2k7 said,

Then you haven't tried MAC OSX (Btw, I was a hardcore Windows user until this crap came along). This is a disgrace to the designers community!

Mac is depressing gray mess, no wonder they keep buying new shiny products, because after using os for more than few minutes, I start crying.

Also, good luck controlling separate application volume on macs, here is a tip: you can't

FoxieFoxie said,
Mac is depressing gray mess, no wonder they keep buying new shiny products, because after using os for more than few minutes, I start crying.

If you don't like the grey that's fine, but calling it a mess as well is just plain nonsense.

.Neo said,

If you don't like the grey that's fine, but calling it a mess as well is just plain nonsense.

Well, to be honest, Mountain Lion is all over the place Ui-wise with their simulated felt green for their Games Center, faux leather for Calendar, brown and yellow Notes...the list goes on and on. Inconsistency seems to be the name of the game over in Cupertino as of late.

Sranshaft said,

Well, to be honest, Mountain Lion is all over the place Ui-wise with their simulated felt green for their Games Center, faux leather for Calendar, brown and yellow Notes...the list goes on and on. Inconsistency seems to be the name of the game over in Cupertino as of late.

Apps with real-life counterparts simulate those looks. It makes the interface less boring and bland. In the end all windows behave the same way, window controls/window titles are in the same spot, same shape etc. That's more you can say of Windows 8. Beyond that Aqua is highly constistent and most interface elements have been redrawn in pixel perfect fashion. Unlike Microsoft you can really tell Apple's designers went through great lengths to make everything look amazing in OS X Mountain Lion.

Edited by .Neo, Jun 14 2012, 11:32am :

.Neo said,

Apps with real-life counterparts simulate those looks. It makes the interface less boring and bland. In the end all windows behave the same way, window controls/window titles are in the same spot, same shape etc. That's more you can say of Windows 8. Beyond that Aqua is highly constistent and most interface elements have been redrawn in pixel perfect fashion. Unlike Microsoft you can really tell Apple's designers went through great lengths to make everything look amazing in OS X Mountain Lion.

While I can agree with you, to some extent, when it comes to Apple's graphic designers taking pride in their work, the idea of simulating real-life objects in a digital medium is a throw-back to the original ideas and concepts of the earliest computers to give those early users a sense of familiarity with such an alien machine. It's a relic of the past that's run its course over the last 40-odd years. Something that, in my opinion, is holding back these same designers. John Ives goes to such great lengths to design such smooth and minimalistic hardware only to have all the cruft and crud that is the real world infest the software.

It's like the ubiquitous save icon. Here we are, some 20 years after floppies where the standard and we're still using it. In 50 years will anyone actually know what that "funny looking square icon" actually represents? How about 25? Is there a need to have a window seemingly bound by leather complete with inkblotter background or is this just fluff and, ultimately, detract from the task the program was created for from the onset? I can't see this working for very much longer if we want to see computers expand beyond a tool and into something that is seamlessly a part of our life -- where the computer is invisible and all we see is the information. We need to move beyond limiting the digital workspace to real life counterparts because in many places there just isn't a comparison.

This is what Microsoft is going for when they developed the Immersive (Metro) interface. It's about the content and should always be about the content. It brings the information you need to the forefront and puts a spotlight on it. When I'm looking for the date of an appointment, I don't need to see the lush patent leather and stitching on the Mountain Lion's calendar app, I want the date of the appointment. I can't feel the crispness of the Games Center's felt or smell the richness of the wood veneer so why have it there?

The information itself is now the tangible objects of our everyday life which is what computers originally promised so many years ago. Why hide the beauty of that?

Sranshaft said,
John Ives goes to such great lengths to design such smooth and minimalistic hardware only to have all the cruft and crud that is the real world infest the software.

The Aqua interface is offering the exact same experience with the exception of only a handful of apps that spice things up a bit. Hell, the window chrome mimics the aluminum design of Mac hardware.

Sranshaft said,
It's like the ubiquitous save icon. Here we are, some 20 years after floppies where the standard and we're still using it. In 50 years will anyone actually know what that "funny looking square icon" actually represents? How about 25?

Mac apps in general don't have a "save" toolbar button. All icons in OS X have been updated to reflect current-day technology.

Sranshaft said,
Is there a need to have a window seemingly bound by leather complete with inkblotter background or is this just fluff and, ultimately, detract from the task the program was created for from the onset?

Who according to you spends hours on end working with Address Book, iCal, Reminders or Notes?

Sranshaft said,
This is what Microsoft is going for when they developed the Immersive (Metro) interface. It's about the content and should always be about the content. It brings the information you need to the forefront and puts a spotlight on it. When I'm looking for the date of an appointment, I don't need to see the lush patent leather and stitching on the Mountain Lion's calendar app, I want the date of the appointment. I can't feel the crispness of the Games Center's felt or smell the richness of the wood veneer so why have it there?

Instead Metro confronts me with a Hiroshima-like flash of brightness because most of the Calendar app is useless white space on my 27-inch screen. iCal's content area is as clear as it always was. The whole "I can't feel it / I can't smell it" argument just makes me laugh. Maybe in a few years time we have hardware that simulates those sensations for you too.

Coloring window decorations would make sense if they hadn't previously fought so hard to blur the line between the window titlebar and the app itself. This could get really messy.

LCallaghan84 said,
im actually liking this new look, very modern, kinda sick of aero glass already lol.

Wouldn't it be nice to have a CHOICE between them for those of us who like the look of glass?

excalpius said,

Wouldn't it be nice to have a CHOICE between them for those of us who like the look of glass?

you do have a CHOICE. its called Windows 7. I don't recall MS saying they are discontinuing win7, and i dont recall ms saying Win7 will be disabled on all pcs once win8 comes out. Go cry with the xp users.

Colin McGregor said,

you do have a CHOICE. its called Windows 7. I don't recall MS saying they are discontinuing win7, and i dont recall ms saying Win7 will be disabled on all pcs once win8 comes out. Go cry with the xp users.

I believe he was asking for a choice in aesthetic customization, not an entirely different OS.
There is a pretty massive difference between wanting Aero Glass and wanting to use a different OS entirely.
Unless you feel that it would be impossible to add Aero Glass to Windows 8 for some reason, then I could understand your point. I can't see why that would be the case however.

Colin McGregor said,

you do have a CHOICE. its called Windows 7. I don't recall MS saying they are discontinuing win7, and i dont recall ms saying Win7 will be disabled on all pcs once win8 comes out. Go cry with the xp users.


windows 7? really?
im using windows 8, still got glass (eventho its opacity is so little its barely seethrough I like the blackness) its more squared then windows 7 (I disliked the rounded borders, go away compiz-wannabe!)
oh and I've used the start screen a whopping 1 time today to start FF (which is faster to do with new start screen then the win7 start menu or so it seems, might just be that win8 is just allot faster and smoother)

rhianntp said,
MS is alienating upwards of 40 % or more of their customer base here..... they need Bill Gates back .. BAD

86% of statistics are made up on the spot

rhianntp said,
MS is alienating upwards of 40 % or more of their customer base here..... they need Bill Gates back .. BAD

And you pulled that percentage from what statistic? Everyone knows 78.2% of all statistics are pulled out of the person's ass.

rhianntp said,
Actually let them run wild with it... when it crashes and burns we won't have to deal with them anymore

Even though this improves performance and reduces crashes?

Meph said,

Even though this improves performance and reduces crashes?

Huh? No computer GPU (laptop or desktop) made in the past decade is slowed down by Aero's glass elements, because they are all hardware accelerated.

And Windows 7 doesn't crash because of Aero glass. In fact, I'm hard pressed to remember the last time Windows 7 ever crashed on me.

The Fisher-Price OS design of Windows 8 might save a bit of battery life on small touchscreen devices and laptops, but I doubt it.

And it certainly won't make a bit of difference with the vast majority of the market that uses desktop computers.

Buttus said,
maybe we'll be able to just turn it all off, and use the classic XP look? i like that better

Negative, Classic has been removed, but you can use the Classic colour scheme on Windows 8 if you hack the theme file a bit.

Simon- said,

Negative, Classic has been removed, but you can use the Classic colour scheme on Windows 8 if you hack the theme file a bit.

high contrast is still there tho, with some tweaking you should be able to get it similar to classic
and otherwise they'll find a way to copy windows server 8's classic theme to windows 8 itself

Timan said,
Are they even trying? Stop letting the programmers design windows 8's desktop ui!

That what you get, when your IDE screams all the time at the programmers...

Timan said,
Are they even trying? Stop letting the programmers design windows 8's desktop ui!

Shows how crap bolting on Metro to an obvious non Metro interface feels like.
What was Jensen Harris Thinking! The guy did a good job on the office ribbon .But windows 8 Metro is just Meh.. MS needs to get the Windows Phone Designers on this pronto . Pastel colors ? Really? At least they should have gone with the more professional looking Office palette

ozgeek said,
So they are back with watercolour. They decide that Watercolour theme that was in beta windowsXP is great after all and decide to use it in Win8

Whistler Watercolor was far more elegant than this... for the record.

Matt A. Tobin said,

Whistler Watercolor was far more elegant than this... for the record.

True. The theme style reminds me of Whistler though.

Hehe.. ridiculous ... this is gonna be such a joke of an OS...I want some of what these hipster metro-sexual automatons at MS are smoking who develop this garbage

rhianntp said,
Hehe.. ridiculous ... this is gonna be such a joke of an OS...I want some of what these hipster metro-sexual automatons at MS are smoking who develop this garbage

lol,go back to using your irrelevant os then with a ****ty software library,and leave the "joke of an OS" to billions of people who will enjoy it. we dont need morons like you in our userbase anyway.

i hate these linux fanboys who think we care that they dont like the os.you guys are just annoying. instead of hanging around in linux forums circle jerking becuase you got some app to run in wine, you come to windows related forums to spew your garbage. **** off, you guys are like vermin.

SharpGreen said,

What's dirty about it?


No one said it was dirty. Its "bad taste" renamed to clean, rather its not 'clean', its actually 'bad taste'.

My guess is they thought the fisher price theme of XP worked so well, they'll go with a kid friendly look again. I guess its not too bad, as most kids will be owning a tablet in the coming years anyway.
For business users ... well, I've seen some ugly looking software, so its proof they don't care what it looks like as long as it works

Power users will change the look of it anyway, but as a poweruser myself, I'd have prefered not to have to mess with the default files in the system just to get past the 'bad taste' effect.

So they are back with watercolour. They decide that Watercolour theme that was in beta windowsXP is great after all and decide to use it in Win8

ozgeek said,
So they are back with watercolour. They decide that Watercolour theme that was in beta windowsXP is great after all and decide to use it in Win8
Watercolor was GREAT....this? is not

Iridium said,
It really does look like a beta of XP. This is truly halarious.

I'm glad they went back to watercolor - it's nice.

Even Aero Glass can look sickeningly terrible if you choose the wrong glass color.

ozgeek said,
So they are back with watercolour. They decide that Watercolour theme that was in beta windowsXP is great after all and decide to use it in Win8

Just because they're using more white makes it like watercolor? They don't look the same to me at all. People seem to forget what watercolor was like I think.

omgben said,

They do look similar enough. Compare Whistler's watercolor to above.

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Windows_whistler.gif


The only similarity is that the title bar colors also go around the window borders as well, but the same happens with glass if you give it a color. That and they both have more white in them. I mean hell, I can set a white theme in my GNOME3 install and slap a nice bright color for the title bar and call it watercolor if that's all it takes.

GP007 said,

The only similarity is that the title bar colors also go around the window borders as well, but the same happens with glass if you give it a color. That and they both have more white in them. I mean hell, I can set a white theme in my GNOME3 install and slap a nice bright color for the title bar and call it watercolor if that's all it takes.

Do what you want with your GNOME3 install. It's up to you. Knock yourself out, but we're not discussing what you can do with GNOME3.

You're right. Really, the only similarities that Windows 8 and watercolor share are the solid window color boarder, and it whiteness, but there's also the fact that it's also flat like watercolor.

Yes, you can add color to the windows borders in Windows 7, but there's transparencies, simulated dimensions, drop shadows, and rounded corners.

Windows 8 abandons all of that, and goes more in the direction Microsoft was going in 1999/2000 with Whistler. They have a similar design language. Side note, that isn't necessarily a bad thing because I remember a lot of people on Neowin loved watercolor, and threw a fit when it was replaced by Luna.

The new Windows 8 theme has more in common with watercolor than it does with Aero.

Think of it as Watercolor done right. Watercolor 2.0

remixedcat said,
windows 98 on meth

noob doesnt know the difference between meth and acid is -_-

i think it looks pretty good. its just the desktop backgound thats making it look weird imo.

ShareShiz said,

noob doesnt know the difference between meth and acid is -_-

..and you are Pro because you do acid and meth all the time, to the point you know the difference?
Come on, get real. Stop throwing the 'noob' reference around. It just makes you look semi-retarded.

sagum said,
..and you are Pro because you do acid and meth all the time, to the point you know the difference?

It sure would explain his inability to respect and deal with others' opinions in a normal fashion.

ShareShiz said,

i think it looks pretty good. its just the desktop backgound thats making it look weird imo.

Actually I think it's more that all of the icons haven't changed yet. That makes it look pretty bad but I really hope they're working on a new set separately to pull it all together.

On a side note, I don't like how the title bar text moves. I can see it sort of needs to if there are tabs in the titlebar but why just not omit that text in windows explorer as in Windows 7?

sagum said,

..and you are Pro because you do acid and meth all the time, to the point you know the difference?
Come on, get real. Stop throwing the 'noob' reference around. It just makes you look semi-retarded.

A think now you look quite retarted with your inability of understanding a joke.