Windows 8 tablet 'Metro' UI will be 'immersive', images surface

The small bits of information about Windows 8 continue to be discovered as more users get their hands on Windows 8. Small details like icons, themes, and features have slowly leaked over the past few weeks.

Winreview.ru has discovered a few more images that help show the direction of the much rumored tablet interface, code named 'Jupiter'. Unfortunately the files associated with the UI can not be run as they are locked but hopefully a willing user will eventually be able to find a workaround. The images also suggest that the tablet experience will be 'immersive" according to the file names, what exactly that means to the final project, is still up for debate. Logically, it would entail that the experience will be covered on all facets, leaving no functional area untouched. 

It is expected that the Windows 8 tablet edition will encompass Microsoft's Metro design language, which these images appear to confirm. We have also seen this design language in a previous leak that showed a new dark theme that had elements of Metro built in. 

Windows 8 is expected to enter beta, possibly as soon as this fall, with OEM availability in late 2012 and possible retail availability in January 2013.

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Nothing impressive yet.
Its still largely similar to Windows 7/Vista.

For now it doesn't feel like 8 is going to be like 98 to XP or XP to Vista.

iron2000 said,
Nothing impressive yet.
Its still largely similar to Windows 7/Vista.

I dont understand why people like you post this. Do you not realize these are extremely early leaks? How can you possibly think this is what the UI looks like?

I dont understand your thought process...

iron2000 said,
Nothing impressive yet.
Its still largely similar to Windows 7/Vista.

For now it doesn't feel like 8 is going to be like 98 to XP or XP to Vista.

Do you really need UI changes every release?

I know its an early build so I used "for now" and "yet".
UI changes is kind of my way to ID a major release

Anyway don't take it too harsh, just my opinion.

I just hope that the new tablets will also come with an instant "on" feature. I believe this is one of the best assets of current tablets in the market today; plus the fact that they are easy to carry. If it is based on quick wake-up from hibernation, which I believe there is a 6-second delay, regular consumers might not go for it.

IMHO, Microsoft need to realize that they need a very light-weight Windows that has an instant "on" feature on a tablet that can run Microsoft Office. If they can accomplish that, they can corner both consumers and corporate enviroments, including the education sector.

RommelS said,
If it is based on quick wake-up from hibernation, which I believe there is a 6-second delay, regular consumers might not go for it.

Instant-on would be great but I don't think 6 seconds is too much to ask. Just as long you're being shown something other than a blank screen.

RommelS said,
I just hope that the new tablets will also come with an instant "on" feature. I believe this is one of the best assets of current tablets in the market today; plus the fact that they are easy to carry. If it is based on quick wake-up from hibernation, which I believe there is a 6-second delay, regular consumers might not go for it.

The delay is due to the time it takes an HDD to spin up at start supplying data to the system.

IMHO, Microsoft need to realize that they need a very light-weight Windows that has an instant "on" feature on a tablet that can run Microsoft Office. If they can accomplish that, they can corner both consumers and corporate enviroments, including the education sector.

Given SSD's, Windows can "instant on" nearly as quick as various laptops can boot to the web with Linux in ROM.

And if 5-6 seconds for you to get online makes a difference in your business life, keep in mind your stock tickers are intentionally delayed by Nasdaq. Likewise, if 6 seconds makes a difference in your email life, how did your family survive before sewer systems were invented?

@ Sranshaft and Regression - unfortunatly, as I said before, and I will say it again, the instant "ON" is one of the biggest asset of the current tablets.

All of us here can wait for that 6 seconds delay, however, you also have to remember that people that are using tablets right now are used to that instant "on" feature, and at this point, we don't even know if the manufacturers out there will make a table that has an SSD. We will just have to wait and see.

Oh, and for that sewer system analogy, it just doesn't cut it. Aren't we glad that we are born and living in a time when sewer has already been implimented. =)

Hmmm, so they finally put the "One directory up" button back. I know you could just go ahead and click it on the address bar, but I did missed it, glad to have it back.

Another feature that I would like to see is to change the thumbnails of position out of the programs. I mean, when you mouse over, the thumbnails previews can be changed of position: one first, then the other one....

I can't WAIT to see what they've got planned. To my excitable mind, it sounds like the biggest change to the Windows UI since the Start menu. Bring it, MS.

Is anyone really surprised 'Metro' would be immersive? It's an user interface layer intended for tablets. Much like Metro on Windows Phone 7, it needs to be completely 'skinned' to offer a complete user experience. Nobody wants to go to System Information and see a non-skinned, non-uniform window display.

This is really where Apple has excelled with their iOS - making sure every facet of the interface remains coherent and uniform. Say what you will about Apple but have a user pick up an iPhone and then hand them an iPad and chances are they will find it familiar and comfortable navigating the device. I'm glad to see Microsoft come on board with this idea and extend it to their tablets and phones - creating a familiar user experience regardless of the device it's running on.

I am sorry, but this is not about Apple. In fact no where in the article is Apple mentioned. Please see if you can stay on topic. . .this is about Win 8.

Pam14160 said,
I am sorry, but this is not about Apple. In fact no where in the article is Apple mentioned. Please see if you can stay on topic. . .this is about Win 8.

No **** this isn't about Apple. I was referring to the fact that, like Apple, Microsoft is now trying to unify their user interfaces. Please try to read my post instead of jumping to conclusions as soon as you see the word Apple mentioned.

And just for full-disclosure, I am not a Apple fan nor do I own any Apple products.

Sranshaft said,
>snip<
I'm glad to see Microsoft come on board with this idea and extend it to their tablets and phones - creating a familiar user experience regardless of the device it's running on.

Say what you will, but Windows 2000/XP had elements in common with WinCE/Windows Mobile, which created a uniform (albeit clunky and oft-felt "hacked") similarity between devices, well before Apple's OS's and iPods (and then the iPhone and ...) had any such similarity- did OSx have support for a "click wheel"?. Microsoft went in the direction of making the mobile device similar to the desktop instead of the desktop similar to the mobile and Apple abruptly abandoned their 'mobile' devices (Newton anyone?), and iPod in favor of a new iPod interface that could be more easily integrated to a desktop environment.

Sranshaft said,
Nobody wants to go to System Information and see a non-skinned, non-uniform window display.

I totally agree. I cringe every time I am doing stuff in Windows 7 and some ancient menu from the Vista days pops up.

autobon said,
I am doing stuff in Windows 7 and some ancient menu from the Vista days pops up.
Vista is not ancient? I think you meant pre-Vista days?

Pam14160 said,
I am sorry, but this is not about Apple. In fact no where in the article is Apple mentioned. Please see if you can stay on topic. . .this is about Win 8.

I see nothing wrong with what he mentioned... He is only merely comparing to help enhance his point with supported facts. Apple products all have a familiar feel to them. Windows products are not currently that way, Windows Vista and 7 featured Aero and it's family of features was refined in Windows 7. But Windows Mobile 6.5 did not reflect Windows Vista's Aero UI, neither did Windows Phone 7 reflect Windows 7's refined Aero UI.

We can expect to see the Metro design language come to light on Windows 8. It will engage Microsoft products to all have a familiar feel to them.

Sranshaft said,
Is anyone really surprised 'Metro' would be immersive? It's an user interface layer intended for tablets. Much like Metro on Windows Phone 7, it needs to be completely 'skinned' to offer a complete user experience. Nobody wants to go to System Information and see a non-skinned, non-uniform window display.

This is really where Apple has excelled with their iOS - making sure every facet of the interface remains coherent and uniform. Say what you will about Apple but have a user pick up an iPhone and then hand them an iPad and chances are they will find it familiar and comfortable navigating the device. I'm glad to see Microsoft come on board with this idea and extend it to their tablets and phones - creating a familiar user experience regardless of the device it's running on.

So because Apple has not invested in usability or UI changes, they are the best?

The fact that a Mac in 2011 still looks and works like a prettier version of the original Mac in 1984 is not a good thing, and something that people that studying interaction and usability use as an example of 'how bad usability innovation has been over the years'.

How freaking Cow... Too bad Apple didn't stick with B&W and One Button Mice, and a limited keyboard, and floppy disks, cause then they would be the best at EVERYTHING.

Really?

These icons look absolutely HORRIBLE. Looks like designed by kids using MS Paint. I will stay on Windows 7 forever. I probably will get a Mac Mini as my next computer.

You realise this is not final? Also, do you actually think they're just going to change a few icons and call it Metro? Nah.

Also, of all the fairly nice Macs you could buy, you're going to choose a Mac Mini? LOL

CalumCookable said,
You realise this is not final? Also, do you actually think they're just going to change a few icons and call it Metro? Nah.

Also, of all the fairly nice Macs you could buy, you're going to choose a Mac Mini? LOL


I'm sure the icons are finalized. It is what Metro supposed to look like, which is crap. Now what's the problem with Mac mini? I'm not doing any heavy works like photoshop or movie editing. It suits me well.

sopharine said,

I'm sure the icons are finalized. It is what Metro supposed to look like, which is crap. Now what's the problem with Mac mini? I'm not doing any heavy works like photoshop or movie editing. It suits me well.

Nothing wrong with it, but also not much right about it either. And saying Metro is crap is purely an opinion and these images are not final.

sopharine said,

I'm sure the icons are finalized. It is what Metro supposed to look like, which is crap.

Who in the world said these were metro icons? Windows always comes with various themes. Take Windows 7 for example, it still has a Windows 98 theme style if you want. It also has Windows Basic. And you know what? There are images for those buttons!

How do you know your not looking at some other theme that will be included in Windows 8?

stevember said,
More to point see extra buttons bottom right of windows.

yeah, whats up with that, I thought MS was trying to move away from the statusbar... now we are bringing it back with stuff like that?

neufuse said,

yeah, whats up with that, I thought MS was trying to move away from the statusbar... now we are bringing it back with stuff like that?

The Status bar has always been there just off by default. It's up to you if you wanna use it or not.

GP007 said,

The Status bar has always been there just off by default. It's up to you if you wanna use it or not.

I cannot find it?

Kuraj said,
Yes, but note how in Windows 7 the status bar is totally useless.
It is? I can't really remember, since I installed Classic Shell it's been exactly the same as XP's status bar, which was quite useful for sizing up directories on the fly.

neufuse said,

yeah, whats up with that, I thought MS was trying to move away from the statusbar... now we are bringing it back with stuff like that?

Agreed. Even the ugly "up" button is back. Ugh.

hotdog963al said,
It is? I can't really remember, since I installed Classic Shell it's been exactly the same as XP's status bar, which was quite useful for sizing up directories on the fly.

Classic Shell adds the size, free disk space, zone and info to the status bar which you get when you hover over a file.

Frylock86 said,

Agreed. Even the ugly "up" button is back. Ugh.

i was thinking the same thing, what a pointless ugly feature

you can do the same function by using the addressbar so why add a stupid extra button?