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Windows 8 Being Full Metro Will Be Your Choice

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Windows 8 will feature a full-Metro mode where it will not even load the desktop code.

Microsoft Shows Building Windows 8 #1

Windows 8 will bring with a brand new UI concept called Metro. This concept was first shown in the video above, demonstrating the new, slick interface that's inspired by Microsoft's work on Windows Phone 7 and touch-based hardware. It's a radical addition that will prepare Windows 8 for a whole new generation of PCs and very non-PCs.

Microsoft's Windows President Steven Sinofsky took the opportunity to talk about the new Metro UI some more on the Building Windows 8 blog.

"By now you've seen two different elements of the Windows 8 design—first, a Metro style user interface we showed previously and in a video seen by millions of folks. And recently, we have described in this blog some of the enhancements we’re making to familiar Windows desktop tools such as Explorer and the copy file dialog," wrote Sinofsky.

In what should quell complaints of what Microsoft's shown for Windows 8, Sinofsky confirms that users will have the ultimate choice of interface.

We believe there is room for a more elegant, perhaps a more nuanced, approach. You get a beautiful, fast and fluid, Metro style interface and a huge variety of new apps to use. These applications have new attributes (a platform) that go well beyond the graphical styling (much to come on this at Build).  As we showed, you get an amazing touch experience, and also one that works with mouse, trackpad, and keyboard. And if you want to stay permanently immersed in that Metro world, you will never see the desktop—we won’t even load it (literally the code will not be loaded) unless you explicitly choose to go there!  This is Windows reimagined.

But if you do see value in the desktop experience—in precise control, in powerful windowing and file management, in compatibility with hundreds of thousands of existing programs and devices, in support of your business software, those capabilities are right at your fingertips as well. You don’t need to change to a different device if you want to edit photos or movies professionally, create documents for your job or school, manage a large corpus of media or data, or get done the infinite number of things people do with a PC today. And if you don’t want to do any of those “PC” things, then you don’t have to and you’re not paying for them in memory, battery life, or hardware requirements.  If you do want or need this functionality, then you can switch to it with ease and fluidity because Windows is right there. Essentially, you can think of the Windows desktop as just another app.

Windows 8 brings together all the power and flexibility you have in your PC today with the ability to immerse yourself in a Metro style experience. You don’t have to compromise! You carry one device that does everything you want and need.  You can connect that device to peripherals you want to use. You can use devices designed to dock to large screen displays and other peripherals.  You can use convertible devices that can be both immersive tablets and flexible laptops.

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    overthinkingidiot , September 1, 2011 5:13 PM
    Dear tomshardware: STOP SHOWING THE SAME VIDEO EVERY TIME.
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    aznshinobi , September 1, 2011 5:07 PM
    Elegant, yes. PC no, maybe for tablets or phones. But not for PC, I feel it'd be more frustrating to work with those dang tiles. I already have widgets on my desktop.
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    godfather666 , September 1, 2011 5:26 PM
    I'll always be a desktop guy, and have no use for smartphone-style interfaces, but other people prefer it... so why not give them the choice?

    Choice is good, as long as it doesn't hurt the functionality in traditional Windows.
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    aznshinobi , September 1, 2011 5:07 PM
    Elegant, yes. PC no, maybe for tablets or phones. But not for PC, I feel it'd be more frustrating to work with those dang tiles. I already have widgets on my desktop.
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    overthinkingidiot , September 1, 2011 5:13 PM
    Dear tomshardware: STOP SHOWING THE SAME VIDEO EVERY TIME.
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    alterecho , September 1, 2011 5:15 PM
    Whats with all the retail OS makers lately? First Lion and now Windows 8.
    They've let the smartphone successes get to their heads.

    Smartphones should be smartphones and computers should be computers.
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    ikyung , September 1, 2011 5:16 PM
    aznshinobiElegant, yes. PC no, maybe for tablets or phones. But not for PC, I feel it'd be more frustrating to work with those dang tiles. I already have widgets on my desktop.

    That is what I thought when I first saw the preview for Win8, but I don't see why it wouldn't work as long as it is compatible and efficient. Seems as thought Microsoft and Apple is trying to uniform their products now which makes perfect sense to me. I can get use to it as long as it is efficient as W7 or XP.
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    Cryio , September 1, 2011 5:18 PM
    When did PC + Apps mean "Love" for developers? I think it should be called clusterfack
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    dread_cthulhu , September 1, 2011 5:18 PM
    alterechoWhats with all the retail OS makers lately? First Lion and now Windows 8.They've let the smartphone successes get to their heads.Smartphones should be smartphones and computers should be computers.


    The lines get blurrier everyday... I doubt I'll invest in Windows 8, unless it outperforms 7...
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    jacobdrj , September 1, 2011 5:21 PM
    If it survives, this will be a great addition for my (currently) 3-year-old HP TX2500Z.
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    godfather666 , September 1, 2011 5:26 PM
    I'll always be a desktop guy, and have no use for smartphone-style interfaces, but other people prefer it... so why not give them the choice?

    Choice is good, as long as it doesn't hurt the functionality in traditional Windows.
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    malphas , September 1, 2011 5:36 PM
    captaincharismathanks for pointing that out captain obvious

    Exactly, I think it's been clear from the outset that the Metro UI was brought about in response to the increasingly wide range of form factors Windows would be targeting, and intended for use primarily on tablets. Of course, that didn't stop the lolcows from whining about how awful it is, and how they'll stick with Windows 7/XP forever.
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    monkeysweat , September 1, 2011 5:38 PM
    nice,, finally starting to get more choices,, take more ideas from Linux -- and maybe windows will be one of the nicest (prettiest) OSes to use
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    Anonymous , September 1, 2011 5:46 PM
    This entire thread sounds like the same comments I heard when WordPerfect decided to include pull-down menus in WordPerfect 5. "OMG, people just need to learn to use the function keys!" Guys, there is no 'PC' interface or 'tablet' interface. A design thrives or dies because people like it.
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    chickenhoagie , September 1, 2011 5:48 PM
    Now if they put this on a lightweight tablet -- competitive to the iPad's weight, size and dimensions -- then add the USB ports for support of any USB device including keyboard/mouse, HDMI port for external display, and keep the OS open to all 3rd party software..in other words, let me have the ability to go to google.com, or mozilla and download any browser I want, use any program I want that is Windows 7/XP/Vista compatible, let me run Steam on it with all my games even if the tablet doesn't have the hardware to play every game that I own. Hell they can even throw in an application store for games like Doodle jump or angry birds, because sometimes they're fun too:) . If they can manage to put all that together inside of a tablet with up to date hardware like AT LEAST a quad core processor..then you got a tablet that I am 100% willing to buy at a reasonable/affordable price.
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    mobrocket , September 1, 2011 5:51 PM
    and i always thought that being metro/gay wasnt a choice
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    captaincharisma , September 1, 2011 5:54 PM
    Quote:
    nice,, finally starting to get more choices,, take more ideas from Linux -- and maybe windows will be one of the nicest (prettiest) OSes to use


    well then oh wise one let me know what linux distro looks better than windows
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    pozaks , September 1, 2011 5:55 PM
    Wow, those tiles sure are great indicators of what freaking program they open.
    Some text!
    A man's chin!
    01!
    People running!
    Green words!
    They've made a total tradeoff of presenting information quickly rather that organizing it and making it quickly recognizable. In other place (like the office buttons) they go for a pretty looking consistency with the new apps rather optimizing that space or making the icons large and recognizable.
    And my god, the awkward drop into the Win7 interface when Excel is opened. And trying to use the taskbar on a touch interface looked painful even for the presenter.

    Ahem, the keyboard is pretty sweet. Nice photo app. Best of luck to you MS.
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    aliened , September 1, 2011 5:56 PM
    I'll stick with win7 as almost all of us did with XP when Vista came out, but thx for the effort anyways.
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    sticks435 , September 1, 2011 5:57 PM
    Sounds to me like Metro will be the default, and we'll have to manually switch to the desktop every time we reboot or log of. Thanks, but no thanks. Guess we could put the "desktop app" in the start menu or something.
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    Netherscourge , September 1, 2011 6:00 PM
    Am I the only one who thinks that blocky/square UI in Windows 8 looks terrible?

    Even on a smartphone/tablet it looks terrible.
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    fullcircle_bflo , September 1, 2011 6:05 PM
    I see this as a way to increase the accessibility of the PC to people who may not be as savvy as Tom's readers. This is giving more information at once for quicker consumption and doing it in fewer steps. While I think this this is primarily suited for tablets, I could see this being of great use in AIO PCs as well. Hell, depending on how games can be integrated, I may even use it.
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