Check out these concepts that might have been Windows Phone

Check out these concepts that might have been Windows Phone
As many of you, our learned readership, may already know, the Metro Modern UI that graces Windows Phone was not arrived at in a flash of genius. Like so many designs, it was an evolution.

Part of the user experience was derived out of the Zune music players, which had a clean interface and ran smoothly on the hardware that was available at the time.

Running up to the release that would become Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8, it is quite interesting to see which way the design might have gone. Some of the early renderings in the short video below are reminiscent of Symbian in a way. Another view depicts a land of bubbles.

Then we see the beginning of the clean lines and use of space to provide content and a super smooth user experience. It also marks how Microsoft has pursued a new design philosophy. That focus is reaching near ubiquity across the line of products powered by Microsoft’s operating systems. Now we will be able to see how that design philosophy evolves later this year.

source: WMPowerUser



1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Windows phone has always been quite cool!

2. twens

Posts: 1173; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I think metro ui was a good bet.

5. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

For a phone or tablet, yes. For a laptop/ desktop or metro-style hotmail, no thanks.

3. JaseelEbrahim

Posts: 31; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

The white and orange one looks cool

4. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Video would've been better with a nice song. Also, what's with the extra time at the end staring at wp8? Woulda been better to use that extra time to slow down the slide show of the the concepts. nonetheless, cool video.

6. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

What they chose was the best of the bunch. I wonder if there are custom UI's, ROM's for WP now.....I think some of those would be a nice change of pace try try out if I was a WP user.

7. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

They were always consistent! This is microsoft original :) great looking!

8. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

I think this is the first time where I've seen numerous concepts for something, and there wasn't one concept I liked more than the final product. The orange and white one does come close. Pretty cool.:)

10. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Say what you want about WP and its capabilities, at least the UI is its own creature. Everything else out there looks like an iOS derivative in comparison.

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