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The interfaces for Windows 8 and Office 15 to include WP7's Metro UI elements

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The interfaces for Windows 8 and Office 15 to include WP7's Metro UI elements
Some leaked images of the next MS Outlook hint at Office "15" borrowing from the minimalistic Metro UI concept in Windows Phone 7.

Just as a reminder, this interface is inspired by the big, clean and readable signs the authors encountered at metro stations, airports, and other transportation facilities, hence the moniker.

Windows 8 is also said to have WP7's live tiles in its tablet interface version, named "Mosh". The interface for the basic version of Windows 8, that will probably run on said slates, is dubbed "Aero Lite", and it also has other flat elements of the Metro UI. They've been dug out of the system files, and are pictured here below.

Hey, these arrows totally look like Windows Phone 7, don't they? Which, in turn, look very much like that arrow pointing to the baggage claim area from the collage Microsoft made to illustrate its inspiration for the Metro UI.

Windows 8 Aero Lite resources, borrowed from the Metro UI
Transportation signage that inspired Metro UI

Windows 8 Aero Lite resources, borrowed from the Metro UI

Transportation signage that inspired Metro UI


We already wrote that Windows 8 will most probably appear on tablets first, maybe as soon as the holidays, and it will have a scalable interface, which adapts depending on what device it's running. For touchscreens the big live tiles of Windows Phone 7 certainly seem like a svelte idea, whereas the default Windows 8 UI is expected to be 3D and heavily customizable, although no leaks have been outed so far on this one.

source: WinRumors & WMPowerUser

The interfaces for Windows 8 and Office 15 to include WP7's Metro UI elements

The next MS Office has hints of the Metro UI of Windows Phone 7
The next MS Office has hints of the Metro UI of Windows Phone 7

The next MS Office has hints of the Metro UI of Windows Phone 7


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posted on 14 Mar 2011, 11:07 5

1. jbash (Posts: 341; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


I really like to see what microsoft and sony have up its sleeve before dive into the tablet scene.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 12:41 3

2. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 860; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


If WP7 is any indication, their tablets will be big on eye candy and small on functionality.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 13:04 1

3. calamazoo (unregistered)


hey, they learn from the best - Apple! :-)

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 13:35 1

4. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


if this is windows, just rethemed for a better tablet experience, it will be good. I need a tablet that can do school work on it, and so far none of them can access all the sites i need. If MS can pull that off, they will have a huge "in" for college peeps.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 20:14 1

5. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


i dont think tablets in general are good for students... i think a laptop is much better for productivity and note taking.. also is it just me or do none of these screen shots actually look like wp7?

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 22:17

6. Kjayhawk (Posts: 289; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


I LOVE MICROSOFT!!! They really do have the best and most innovative ideas. I still use my mac but am looking very forward to purchasing a windows computer next year.

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