Windows 8 to have Metro-style PDF reader

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While Microsoft is hard at work on the next major operating system, codename Windows 8, the leaks for the upcoming OS begin to roll in. Because Windows 8 is still in the pre-alpha stages, M3 to be exact, the feature sets and UI remain very limited or unchanged.

Today, Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott released series of images of upcoming features. Windows 8 will feature a built-in PDF reader, using Microsoft's Metro UI. Similar to Windows Phone 7 UI, the PDF reader will be clean, modern and "fast".

As mentioned by Rafael from Withinwindows.com, the PDF reader will utilize the AppX application package type. Based on the images provided by Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott, the clean UI will feature a page scrolling bar on the right hand side, with the current page being highlighted.

The application dubbed "Modern Reader" appears to still be in the very early stages of design and functionality. Modern Reader and Silverlight is just one more step in the right direction for Microsoft to fully integrate into the next version of Windows, eliminating the need for third-party companies to provide applications for everyday use.

Image credit: WithinWindows.com

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Curious about the anti-trust folks opinion on this.. Wasn't the browser choice screen introduced as a result of IE being bundled? How is this any different? (e.g. why would I install adobe reader now?)

The one main thing that I hope Microsoft accomplishes with Windows 8 is making all of the dialogs consistent. For example, in Windows 7 the Display Control Panel was modernized and shifted from the dialogs seen since as early as Win9x. However most of these dialogs still remain unchanged and are not consistent with the new style. When we talk about the Metro UI, I really hope that that is part of the goal of Metro UI to not only be clean and modern, fast and immersive, but also CONSISTENT across all the configuration dialogs.

What we know about Metro from the screenshot:
Metro is a design language.
Metro is in motion
Metro is about content and typography

Therefore:
*Metro is a DOS command prompt window set to a nice, clean modern font, showing moving content via a DIR *.* /S


METRO IS REALLY
A STYLE TO DISTRACT
YOU FROM NOTICING
ALL THE STUFF WE
ARE LIFTING FROM OTHER
OPERATING SYSTEMS...
HISTORY VAULT IS TIME MACHINE...
PDF FUNCTIONS HAVE BEEN IN OS X AND
LINUX FOREVER... PLEASE DON'T NOTICE

bob_c_b said,
METRO IS REALLY
A STYLE TO DISTRACT
YOU FROM NOTICING
ALL THE STUFF WE
ARE LIFTING FROM OTHER
OPERATING SYSTEMS...
HISTORY VAULT IS TIME MACHINE...
PDF FUNCTIONS HAVE BEEN IN OS X AND
LINUX FOREVER... PLEASE DON'T NOTICE

Have you looked at what Ubuntu is doing to OSX ??? Complete replication and have you seen the last 3 service packs oh i mean versions of OSX? Photo backgrounds, transparency built into the me global menu, full screen apps, stretching windows from every side. Come on, i love the unix variety but seriously i think that Apple and linux have more xerox machines than MS lately. Im pretty sure some of the features that are comming to the Lion service pack for OSX have been around since windows 95 maybe earlier.

bob_c_b said,

METRO IS REALLY
A STYLE TO DISTRACT
YOU FROM NOTICING
ALL THE STUFF WE
ARE LIFTING FROM OTHER
OPERATING SYSTEMS...
HISTORY VAULT IS TIME MACHINE...
PDF FUNCTIONS HAVE BEEN IN OS X AND
LINUX FOREVER... PLEASE DON'T NOTICE

+ Shadow copy was present in windows long before Time machine introduced, so you are wrong sir.

simrat said,

+ Shadow copy was present in windows long before Time machine introduced, so you are wrong sir.

OF COURSE
SHADOW COPY AND
SYSTEM RESTORE CAME FIRST,
BUT WITH AWFUL INTERFACES
AND MESSY USER
EXPERIENCES, BUT THEN APPLE DID
IT RIGHT WITH TIME MACHINE AND
NOW WE ARE JUST COPYING IT.
ANYONE WHO DENIES THIS IS
JUST BEING A FANBOY...

PS. LOL THAT LION IS DUPLICATING WIN 95, NICE TRY IRIDIUM, BUT FAIL.

bob_c_b said,

OF COURSE
SHADOW COPY AND
SYSTEM RESTORE CAME FIRST,
BUT WITH AWFUL INTERFACES
AND MESSY USER
EXPERIENCES, BUT THEN APPLE DID
IT RIGHT WITH TIME MACHINE AND
NOW WE ARE JUST COPYING IT.
ANYONE WHO DENIES THIS IS
JUST BEING A FANBOY...

PS. LOL THAT LION IS DUPLICATING WIN 95, NICE TRY IRIDIUM, BUT FAIL.

STEALING SOMEONE
ELSES IDEA BUT SLAPPING
ON SOME LIPSTICK IS SOMETHING TO BE
PROUD OF I GUESS THEN?
BEING SOMEONE WHO PUTS FORM OVER
FUNCTION I HAVE HAD THE ADVANTAGE OF
TIME MACHINE / SHADOW COPIES BEFORE YOU
AND I HAVEN'T HAD TO PAY OVER THE ODDS FOR
'SPECIAL' HARDWARE TO DO IT EITHER.

FAIL.

Every time I see someone type all of this in caps and block format, I want to just reply with, "Garth.... That was a haiku."

Buzz99 said,
OS X have long time include PDF reader...and no EU scandal.

No one cares about OS X, it's a niche OS. Windows on the other hand is a near monopoly.

Buzz99 said,
OS X have long time include PDF reader...and no EU scandal.

But Apple never get targeted for antitrust for some reason. They bundle so much garbage with OSX like Safari, iTunes and the iLife suite, all of which damages any potential competition on the OSX platform.

But Microsoft tries to bundle IE and WMP on Windows and the EU goes bat**** and demands they release the OS without them.

Apple should be forced to do the same thing - release OSX without a browser, media player or unnecessary proprietary software and give users the option of what they want to use. Without a doubt Safari would plummet into oblivion (which is good, considering it is a worthless piece of trash browser).

StBlockley said,
But Apple never get targeted for antitrust for some reason.
Reason: OS monopoly = target

Apple is not a target.

bulit-in pdf reader?

MONOPOLY ALARM!!!!! CALL THE EU COURT QUICK ,LET EXTRACT THE NEXT BILLION DOLLAR !!!!!11!$#@!

The people that are complaining about ALL CAPS are very immature. Lots of logos, advertisements, etc. have all caps. Metro is not about all caps because most of the time it's lowercase letters, regular type, or all caps in small subheadings. The point of the article is the metro UI for the modern reader which looks beautiful!

FYI.. the 'metro' UI is basically Microsoft's simplistic, clean, fluid, and modern design that gets you to your content faster rather than being obstrusive and in the way. It's not simply a font, it's not something ugly, it's supposed to something that's clean and barely there to navigate and view the content better and faster.

hotdog963al said,
Sweet. Loving all this Metro stuff. Down with Aero Glass!!

100% agree, couldnt stand Aero Glass.
Must admit tho, would prefer to get features added to explorers file modification and dabase abilities rather than a new PDF reader. I can grab a PDF reader anywhere as I dont use it much.

Well a built-in PDF reader in Windows is long overdue. But I'm guessing that if you look at a chart showing PDF reader usage, Adobe Reader will see a slight dip when Windows 8 is released, and Foxit will plummet to near zero.

OF COURSE, THAT DEPENDS ON
WHAT THEY MEAN WHEN THEY
CALL IT A "METRO-STYLE" PDF
READER.

dhan said,
why is suddenly everyone talking about caps lock here? metro mostly used lower case or title case words.

BECAUSE
METRO ADVERTISEMENTS
AND DESIGN PAPERS
ALWAYS ARE
PRINTED
LIKE THIS
FOR SOME REASON

Lol @ everyone complaining about caps lock. Any of you ever used metro? There isn't much in WP7 or Zune that's caps locked. In fact many menu headers don't use any caps. Most things are typed normal.

spenser.d said,
Lol @ everyone complaining about caps lock. Any of you ever used metro? There isn't much in WP7 that's caps locked. In fact many menu headers don't use any caps. Most things are typed normal.

either way I'm getting the impression that 'metro' is that font, regardless of the UI

Julius Caro said,

either way I'm getting the impression that 'metro' is that font, regardless of the UI

Metro is a design language.

Julius Caro said,

either way I'm getting the impression that 'metro' is that font, regardless of the UI

That font to be specific, is either Zegoe UI or Segoe (Enter random variant here.)

spenser.d said,
Lol @ everyone complaining about caps lock. Any of you ever used metro? There isn't much in WP7 or Zune that's caps locked. In fact many menu headers don't use any caps. Most things are typed normal.

Yea, exactly.

I love how metro is all about that font in caps lock rather than something else.

I guess you could say it works for stuff like windows media player, a touch-input phone OS, and a couple of nice transitions in WLM 2011. (Guess I have to try zune software a little better).

Julius Caro said,
I love how metro is all about that font in caps lock rather than something else.

I guess you could say it works for stuff like windows media player, a touch-input phone OS, and a couple of nice transitions in WLM 2011. (Guess I have to try zune software a little better).

No, that's not what it is about. Metro actually uses no caps at all. Its about simplicity and using a mostly text driven interface, instead of glossy buttons.

Wow, now it might become... like, a standard or something.

Seriously though, it's about time. Will be nice to be able to submit more of my things in PDF.

Gaffney said,
CAPS LOCK IS OUR CODE
WE CAN'T FIND OUT TO SWITCH IT OFF
AT LEAST IT'S MODERN SLEEK AND FAST
IT'S AUTHENTIC

Metro uses all lowercase actually.

About time they added a built in PDF reader, even if it's just a basic one. This day and age it ranks up there with Notepad as something everyone should have. A welcome addition.

Don't know, I like metro UI on stuff like the zune, but never been a fan of it on the desktop (such as zune software)

ViperAFK said,
Don't know, I like metro UI on stuff like the zune, but never been a fan of it on the desktop (such as zune software)

This will most likely be used while in Tablet mode. Remember Windows 8 will be a Tablet, Desktop, and Phone OS.

ViperAFK said,
Don't know, I like metro UI on stuff like the zune, but never been a fan of it on the desktop (such as zune software)

Let us see it firstly in action and then we can express opinion like that... I'm pretty sure we'll be amazed with the last result! I don't think MS will go directly to failure on UI so easily!

computerwizkid said,

This will most likely be used while in Tablet mode. Remember Windows 8 will be a Tablet, Desktop, and Phone OS.


And phone mode, duh. Man I wish there was edit button.

computerwizkid said,

And phone mode, duh. Man I wish there was edit button.

There is an edit button. It is at the top right of the message box.

ViperAFK said,
Don't know, I like metro UI on stuff like the zune, but never been a fan of it on the desktop (such as zune software)

I love the Zune software, not sure about metro for other applications though.

sopharine said,
Metro is horrible.
Not to start a fight. Just my opinion. Windows 7 for life. Maybe until I switch to Mac.
But you do know that the Media Center in Windows 7 follows the Metro design language? Even some other little details in Windows 7's Explorer are Metro inspired.

~Johnny said,
I hope it's as fast and fluid as Microsoft's XPS viewer. That thing really puts Adobe Reader to shame.

Anything puts Reader to shame. That's the sad truth.

~Johnny said,
I hope it's as fast and fluid as Microsoft's XPS viewer. That thing really puts Adobe Reader to shame.

Build-in PDF support on Mac OS X is blazing fast. So if Microsoft does things right there's no need for it to be slow.

YEAH I JUST LOVE IT WHEN MY COMPUTER, PHONE AND TABLET SCREAM AT ME. ESPECIALLY WHEN READING STUFF. KEEPS ME FROM FALLING ASLEEP.

.Neo said,
YEAH I JUST LOVE IT WHEN MY COMPUTER, PHONE AND TABLET SCREAM AT ME. ESPECIALLY WHEN READING STUFF. KEEPS ME FROM FALLING ASLEEP.

Indeed, now they just need to add a Sam Kinison voice to the text to speech system and it'll just be total win across the board.

.Neo said,
YEAH I JUST LOVE IT WHEN MY COMPUTER, PHONE AND TABLET SCREAM AT ME. ESPECIALLY WHEN READING STUFF. KEEPS ME FROM FALLING ASLEEP.

Metro actually uses all lowercase.

Rudy said,
I ALSO LOVE
HOW METRO
IS ALL ABOUT
THE CAPS
LOCK.
I'M SURE IT
WILL MAKE
SOME
PEOPLE
VERY HAPPY!

It actually uses all caps, all lowercase or a mix of caps and lower case. In order words: exactly the same as regular text.

Rudy said,
I ALSO LOVE
HOW METRO
IS ALL ABOUT
THE CAPS
LOCK.
I'M SURE IT
WILL MAKE
SOME
PEOPLE
VERY HAPPY!

A MEME IS BORN,
JUST LOOK AT ALL
THE COMMENTS
FOR THIS ARTICLE.

Windows 8 will most certainly be a desktop OS. (Though they'll throw in some stuff to make it more suitable for a tablet OS as well. Windows 7 on a tablet is passable, but not as refined for touch as something more like iOS.)

It looks like Adobe and Microsoft have made up after their PDF fight back in 2006 and 07 with Office 2007. Maybe that meeting with Steve and Adobe CEO contributed to this somehow.

It certainly doesn't hurt that Apple is now Adobe's enemy. Back in 2006, Adobe still thought Microsoft was the enemy.

But there are plenty of other factors:

(1) PDF has since been approved as an ISO standard, so Microsoft is free to implement it without risk of litigation. It's already bundled into the default install of Office 2010 (you don't need an add-on or service pack, as you did in Office 2007).

(2) Sinofsky was behind the PDF push in Office. He also commented in the Windows 7 days that Microsoft should perhaps update the bundled accessories (Calculator, Paint, and Wordpad) "once every fifteen years or so." Arguably, a PDF reader is as vital today as a calculator was in 1985.

Lazlo said,
AND WE LIKE
TO WRITE IN CAPS LOCK.
ALL THE TIME.

AND I DISLIKE THE METRO STYLE ON PC OPERATING SYSTEMS,
AND I WILL STICK TO UBUNTU 11.04 IF THIS WILL GO TO METRO "DESIGN".

But this are earlier builds, the big changes will come somewhere at the end of the year... 'the visual ones'...

Lazlo said,
AND WE LIKE
TO WRITE IN CAPS LOCK.
ALL THE TIME.

You have to be fair though - they never claim these texts are readable.

SubZenit said,

AND I DISLIKE THE METRO STYLE ON PC OPERATING SYSTEMS,
AND I WILL STICK TO UBUNTU 11.04 IF THIS WILL GO TO METRO "DESIGN".

Then use Adobe Reader.

SubZenit said,

AND I DISLIKE THE METRO STYLE ON PC OPERATING SYSTEMS,
AND I WILL STICK TO UBUNTU 11.04 IF THIS WILL GO TO METRO "DESIGN".

But this are earlier builds, the big changes will come somewhere at the end of the year... 'the visual ones'...

Really? Ubuntu? The distribution of Linux ruled with an iron fist by a small group of people who have literally been quoted saying users will have to get used to bizarre GUI changes and we'll all eventually realize they knew what was best for us?

I just want to make sure you mean THAT Ubuntu. Because that'd be kinda funny. But whatevs, rite?