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Windows 8, Office 2012 Getting Metro UI?

By - Source: Winrumors | B 34 comments

Microsoft's "Aero Lite" interface for Windows 8 will supposedly feature elements from its Metro UI used in Media Center, WP7.

Back in December, a rumor surfaced in regards to Windows 8 and the existence of two separate interfaces. These will reportedly coexist in the same way Basic and Aero currently reside in Windows 7.

For Windows 8, one interface codenamed "Wind" will be fully 3D, requiring around 170 MB of dedicated video memory. It will also be "fully dynamic" by adapting to the user's habits. This includes the ability to speed up daily tasks by changing shortcuts and icons to fit within different usage scenarios. "Wind" will reside in all copies of Windows 8, but remain inactive within the 32-bit environment.

The last two days have now brought information and images regarding the second (Mosh?) interface which will ultimately replace the current Windows 7 Basic. Dubbed as "Aero Lite," the new UI will supposedly borrow various flat transportation-like arrows and fonts offered in Microsoft's Metro UI, the same style set used in Microsoft's Media Center, Windows Phone 7 and the newly revised Microsoft Store. And like Windows 7 Basic, this simplified UI will be geared for low-end machines that can't run Windows 8's rumored 3D "Wind" interface.

As seen in the provided image, the Aero Lite interface will feature large, clear buttons and symbols. Included in the set are defined forwards and backwards buttons, and revamped symbols for window corners including maximize, minimize, resize and help buttons. The fonts are thin and tall but stylish, moving away from the current dull and drab typeface that seems to have graced every incarnation of the Windows platform.

Microsoft Office 15 will also supposedly receive the Metro UI treatment. In milestone 2 build 15.0.2703.1000, Outlook uses Metro UI at the foot of the application to simplify switching between various functions. Outlook also sports a cleaner, "flattened" user interface for easier access to email. So far, the other Office products including Access, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint and Word have not implemented the new typeface.

Microsoft's Steve Ballmer has previously stated that the company was taking a huge risk in developing Windows 8. This will supposedly be the biggest overhaul since Windows XP, and on a visual level, it's certainly time for a change. We already know it will be modular, with a version slated to appear on Microsoft-sanctioned tablets in 2012. We may have also caught a glimpse of the 3D user interface as seen here, appearing in the form of bubbles that are modified based on changes in schedule, social updates and so on.

Expect to hear more about Windows 8 in June when Steve Ballmer is slated to demo the OS running on a tablet.

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    Anonymous , March 16, 2011 1:53 AM
    don't like it
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    dragonsqrrl , March 16, 2011 1:59 AM
    bear95don't like it

    lol... don't like what? You haven't even seen the new UI yet, much less try it out for yourself.
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    dimamu15 , March 16, 2011 2:22 AM
    Looking forward to that. Greatest thing Windows can do, is give us choices. Not just color scheme, which doesn't even make sense, but the gadgets and other unnecessary toys (like Apple, copy Apple, be smart).

    This news gives me hope that Windows might just... never mind.
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    cruiseoveride , March 16, 2011 2:46 AM
    170mb dedicated video ram to run windows!?
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    cjl , March 16, 2011 3:09 AM

    Quote:
    The fonts are thin and tall but stylish, moving away from the current dull and drab typeface that seems to have graced every incarnation of the Windows platform.

    What's wrong with the existing fonts? I don't seen anything dull or drab about them...
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    fyend , March 16, 2011 3:15 AM
    Too late MS. Steve Jobs patented the Metro(sexual) UI years ago for OS X.
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    derek2006 , March 16, 2011 3:30 AM
    cjlWhat's wrong with the existing fonts? I don't seen anything dull or drab about them...


    Nothing, that's probably why they will include an option to allow you to customize it to your taste. They are merely adding new options for people that may appreciate and embrace this.
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    slothy89 , March 16, 2011 4:03 AM
    derek2006Nothing, that's probably why they will include an option to allow you to customize it to your taste. They are merely adding new options for people that may appreciate and embrace this.
    its been possible to customize the UI fonts since at least windows 95... so thats nothing new.. lol

    An OS's typeface should be functional not pretty. Whats the bet they use Comic Sans MS for their font? *shudders*
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    sudeshc , March 16, 2011 6:37 AM
    ahhh some revamped UI, interesting i already like win7 ui and now win8's looks promising and yes this will bring WPF's newest version in action even before we get to know it.
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    JOSHSKORN , March 16, 2011 6:51 AM
    I don't get why they're even bothering with 32-bit anymore at this point.
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    chaos133 , March 16, 2011 7:47 AM
    Why make a 32-bit version? I think they should just move on to 64-bit for Windows 8.
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    Drag0nR1der , March 16, 2011 7:58 AM
    "An OS's typeface should be functional not pretty. Whats the bet they use Comic Sans MS for their font? *shudders*"

    Good gods, the idea that function, logic, aesthetics, creativity, academic and artistic abilities and basically the whole range of human activity and experience were able to be seperated and had no effect on each other died out decades ago, with overwhelmingly large bodies of evidence to suggest exactly the opposite is true. Beauty and form can have a profound effect on functionality and productivity.
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    Drag0nR1der , March 16, 2011 7:59 AM
    "I don't get why they're even bothering with 32-bit anymore at this point."

    Tablets? Atom?
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    eddieroolz , March 16, 2011 8:08 AM
    I think it looks great. The "Wind" interface is getting me excited, however.
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    prakalejas , March 16, 2011 8:26 AM
    The only thing I need is black windows, taskbar an so on with white text. Running laptop with aero enabled is just waste of limited power. I always switch down to windows classic. I use laptop for work, and aero is not comfortable in first place (despite the fact it is slower).
    At least MS should consider making classic style more customizable, no need to waste processing power, desktop space and so on.
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    amk09 , March 16, 2011 10:25 AM
    FyendToo late MS. Steve Jobs patented the Metro(sexual) UI years ago for OS X.


    At first I read this and my inner child went "HEHEHE"

    Then I read this with a more mature attitude...BAHAHAHAHA. Fyend speaks the truth.
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    house70 , March 16, 2011 11:01 AM
    I hope it will catch on and there will be an option to switch to other themes if this one not appealing. Balmer has managed to bury more MS products than the average undertaker...
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    Katsushiro , March 16, 2011 12:22 PM
    Someone at Microsoft/Toms needs to learn when not to use JPEGs. Those "beautiful" UI elements are absolutely murdered by the compression artifacts.
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    nao1120 , March 16, 2011 12:24 PM
    3D is a joke best served cold...I got nothing. OK to stay in theaters, but its getting over done and stupid already. The only good thing about it is that it's reducing the price of regular LCD's and other TV's, that's the only positive.
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    verbalizer , March 16, 2011 12:32 PM
    send me a copy or two to play with MS..
    I'll take a ultimate version of 32 and 64-bits.
    thanks in advance or can I get a copy from rapidshare......;)
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