Windows 8 system settings Metro UI shown off on video

When build 7955 leaked, we knew it was only a matter of time until new elements of the Metro UI would be discovered. That trend continues today as the system settings UI has now been unlocked to show off more of the new Metro design language.

The video comes from Winbeta.it (via blogsdna.com) and shows off how Microsoft will most likely be implementing the system settings in Windows 8. While there is not a lot of new functionality demonstrated in the video, it does show the Metro UI in more detail and specifically how it may be integrated into the settings portion of Windows 8.

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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kabix said,
did they take scroll bar from windows 2?
just what i was thinking! they need to figure out a universal metro styled scroll bar that looks good!

So I cant just tick the options? I have to remember what it was, scroll over and tick it?

Please dont implement Metro like that It's fine on a device with limited screen space like a phone, not this aspect of Metro, please.

Benjy91 said,
So I cant just tick the options? I have to remember what it was, scroll over and tick it?
[. . .]

No, I'm sure you won't have to do anything of the sort in the next major version of Windows.

Benjy91 said,
So I cant just tick the options? I have to remember what it was, scroll over and tick it?

Yeah, it's a backwards step in terms of usability for the sake of style. Even for a phone with a constricted display I REALLY don't like it - I've never been impressed by WinPhone7's UI.

I find it amazing how some people on Neowin seem to be less tech-literate then my mom. Even she understands the concept of scroll bars appearing on extremely small windows.

And we wonder why companies hate leaks so much...

i hope metro is only for touch based system..
for others i hope they keep aero and improve on it.

ive just started using OSX and one thing that really sets both OS apart is the consistency in the UI design

Zain Adeel said,
i hope metro is only for touch based system..
for others i hope they keep aero and improve on it.

ive just started using OSX and one thing that really sets both OS apart is the consistency in the UI design


I don't understand your post because it seems like you praise Apple for the consistency between their operating systems, but then you suggest Microsoft do not employ a consistent approach

If they continue with Aero on the desktop version of Windows, there will be little consistency between that and both their tablet and phone operating systems. The Zune software has proven Microsoft can implement the Metro design language very beautifully and elegantly on their desktop operating environment, so if the next major version of Windows isn't fully Metro, I reckon they'll be making a huge mistake. I'll be gutted if the desktop version doesn't look consistent with Windows Phone OS and the tablet version of Windows.

For everyone who thinks the side scrolling is a bad idea, remember, the poster is running 640x480.

Even Zune software does wonky things when you resize to those proportions.

If the poster is running at the proposed tablet resolution, 900xY then the side scrolling panel would be a tiled panel showing all those elements.

Wake up and smell the Metro WPF.

i think who ever recorded this video had resized the window
i going to wait for beta before i judge it
but i think the colors / font look nice

Hahaha! If it'll look anything close to that, it'll be horrible. I'll just ignore these news and pretend they never happened, then wait and see what'll be in RTM.

jeycie said,
scrolling horizontally is just bad design

Not when it is implemented elegantly like on Windows Phone.

virtorio said,

This isn't a phone.

I didn't say it was. jeycie implied that scrolling horizontally is bad design in all situations, so I presented him with a situation where it is not bad design.

One thing I've noticed with Metro. It;s really starting to look more and more like a real world version of the LCARs computer interface from Star Trek...

Man some people on here take alpha builds way to seriously. Microsoft does have a usability design group and I am pretty sure they will not little things like the scrolling be a big issue in the final build. I am sure the final design will look much more polished.

wv@gt said,
Man some people on here take alpha builds way to seriously. Microsoft does have a usability design group and I am pretty sure they will not little things like the scrolling be a big issue in the final build. I am sure the final design will look much more polished.

I know it is unfinished and really doubt Microsoft would release something like this (this part is most likely in the very early stages of development, as the article points out), but I'll comment based on what I've seen:

No matter the screen size, scrolling like that in a small box just to see more settings would not work on a desktop operating system. It even looks quite horrible in the video, but I realise his resolution is small.

As I say though, I doubt Microsoft would release something like this. I love the actual Metro design of this, just not the small space for scrolling and options.

I have some critics:
Why don't they make it like in Zune? The left column of the video displayed as tabs on the top of the window and the right column would have the whole width.

InfiniteLuke said,
I have some critics:
Why don't they make it like in Zune? The left column of the video displayed as tabs on the top of the window and the right column would have the whole width.
I hope this is what they lean towards.

phones and tablets, ok... Desktops and notebooks.... NO. I know this is an early build, so I hope this is just to show off functionality. I mean, it looks like the poor guys video resolution is at a staggering 640x480...

chorpeac said,
phones and tablets, ok... Desktops and notebooks.... NO. I know this is an early build, so I hope this is just to show off functionality. I mean, it looks like the poor guys video resolution is at a staggering 640x480...

Show off ? Show off ? people come on ...

i always liked how windows looked like, i didnt like XP only, vista is fine, 7 and now even 8 is fine, i dont have any complaints, they will make sure the final UI of 8 will be usable for everyone, there will be themes as well, so i dont see why you people whine so much...

i dont like ie9, i dont like metroUI, i dont like ribbonUI.. te te te tyaah te te te tyah... ><

if you dont like ie9 there are plenty of other browsers to choose from:
opera, maxthon, firefox, chrome

if you dont like the metroUI, you can go on deviantART and find yourself a theme

if you dont like the ribbonUI, recustomize it for your needs, i dont think you are that retarded you cant do that: "rightclick> unlock UI"

you whine now, but you will buy it, use it happily and still whine... with or without your subconscious acceptance MS will always be No.1 on the OS market... so far nothing is chaning

(im being realistic, not a fan of MS, im just using what i find best for me, and that turns to be MS Windows) if Linux gets better i will use it, but that doesnt look like happening in perspective.. just dont get me wrong)

jimbo11883 said,
I hate this whole Metro UI thing. It works for small touch displays, but not for a desktop OS!

seriously. i installed the metro theme for rainlendar weeks back, and god forbid i had to look at that everyday, uninstalled in in like 30 seconds

spalek83 said,

seriously. i installed the metro theme for rainlendar weeks back, and god forbid i had to look at that everyday, uninstalled in in like 30 seconds

Well that was made by some random person...not MS.

jimbo11883 said,
I hate this whole Metro UI thing. It works for small touch displays, but not for a desktop OS!

Metro started on the desktop, so that's quite a ridiculous thing for people to say. It started in Windows Media Center and a full implementation was developed with Zune software.

Callum said,

Metro started on the desktop, so that's quite a ridiculous thing for people to say. It started in Windows Media Center and a full implementation was developed with Zune software.
The Zune software's Metro user interface works nicely. I wonder if lean more towards that general theme by the time the beta hits.

jimbo11883 said,
I hate this whole Metro UI thing. It works for small touch displays, but not for a desktop OS!

You do realize this interface is reserved for tablet PC's right...

jimbo11883 said,
I hate this whole Metro UI thing. It works for small touch displays, but not for a desktop OS!

it worked perfectly well for media center

Owen W said,
You do realize this interface is reserved for tablet PC's right...

Even so I still don't like it. It would be much better to have a horizontal navigation system, as that would allow more space for the content. Metro is too much about 'art' (i.e. the text that has been deliberately cut off, ala WinPhone7) and functionality has taken a back seat.

I also don't like the direction of the ribbon interface for explorer. I love the ribbon interface for Office 2007 (I don't like 2010 as much, primarily due to the replacement of the orb with the rectangular box which defies Fitt's UI Law) but I don't like the way they're pushing it when it's not necessary.

I'm still looking forward to see what happens with Win8 but I'm really not impressed with the limited amount that I've seen so far.

I don't understand why people keep complaining about the appearance of unfinished parts of the OS that aren't even unlocked in the milestone builds yet. It's ridiculous, obviously the final product won't look like this.

TRC said,
I don't understand why people keep complaining about the appearance of unfinished parts of the OS that aren't even unlocked in the milestone builds yet. It's ridiculous, obviously the final product won't look like this.

exactly, its ironic, one this build has features that are not even unlocked requiring the use of the registry to unlock, two this build was not meant for the public to be seen because its unfinished.
common logic here,
the work is unfinished and not fit yet for the public to be seen, if this were beta 2 or later I would be concerned, but its an alpha

Wow... Ok... I like Metro but that looks horrible! There is no good reason to have multiple things, specially when the are of different types like under general, scrolling horizontally like that tabs are better in every way, easier to navigate and find what you are looking for.

I understand the horizontal scrolling system on windows mobile where it covers the whole screen but this is plain stupid...

Take a look at the settings in Zune, it's metro like, easy to navigate and looks great, that's what they should use if anything.

Don't you think it's scrolling because this window is very small? It's almost as small as the grid behind it on the wallpaper, which is nearly as big as the windows flag on the deafult wallpaper in seven.

Leonick said,
Wow... Ok... I like Metro but that looks horrible! There is no good reason to have multiple things, specially when the are of different types like under general, scrolling horizontally like that tabs are better in every way, easier to navigate and find what you are looking for.

I understand the horizontal scrolling system on windows mobile where it covers the whole screen but this is plain stupid...

Take a look at the settings in Zune, it's metro like, easy to navigate and looks great, that's what they should use if anything.


Your comment is the reason why Microsoft likes to keep these things secret.

mmyon said,
Don't you think it's scrolling because this window is very small? It's almost as small as the grid behind it on the wallpaper, which is nearly as big as the windows flag on the deafult wallpaper in seven.

It's possible, but still, they might just actually be bringing that scrolling to windows, the sections fit a bit to well to that little area for just being a very small window

Digitalx said,
yeah why don't we just go back to 4 bit colour while we're at it... that looks horrible.

Stop complaining it's not finished yet and the window is tiny.

Digitalx said,
yeah why don't we just go back to 4 bit colour while we're at it... that looks horrible.
Resolution (and speed) was the issue which prevented this kind of UI. Gradients and use of many colours does not = good UI. Good UI is sensible use of content, colour and layout.

Kirkburn said,
Resolution (and speed) was the issue which prevented this kind of UI. Gradients and use of many colours does not = good UI. Good UI is sensible use of content, colour and layout.

A good UI, is a combination of: consistency, cleaness, coping with different user level experience, and productivity ..

Microsoft usually gets most of the above done well, except for consistency and cleaness. Apple on the other hand fails on the last two usually ..

With the metro UI, Microsoft is actually following Apples UX and thus is leaning towards the same failings as Apple has.

Dumbed down interfaces aren't that good usually, except if you've never used a computer before or fear it .

The Protagonist said,
i know its still only a Milestone build, but still got a long way to go with getting the metro UI perfectly syncd with windows UI IMO

a long long way, though i think it look good when its done, the zune software already has metro and looks really nice

I honestly don't understand why Microsoft is mashing a desktop OS and mobile one together. I don't need/want an UI for a tablet device on my desktop computer, nor do I need/want full Windows on my tablet.