Microsoft's Metro UI is catching on fast, even if WP7 isn't

Microsoft's Metro UI is catching on fast, even if WP7 isn't
Despite the positive projections for Windows Phone's future, we aren't really seeing that reality on the streets. But Microsoft's Metro UI is nevertheless finding a foothold in some odd places.

A WPCentral reader recently spotted a blatant imitation while taking a trip on KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines). And can you guess where they used the Metro UI? Salt and pepper packets! That's right, KLM is using a blatant ripoff of the Metro live tiles, and even the font.

In a more logical sector, Jessica Engström of Sweden is marketing a smartphone pouch which features a monochromatic representation of WP7's homescreen. To get your hands on one of these WP7 devotee goodies, visit the WinMobile.se link below.

So is Microsoft going to complain about KLM's ripoff? We doubt it. At this point in WP7's adoption, we imagine Microsoft is grateful for the exposure, and encouraged by KLM's eagerness to imitate. After all, before anyone learns to appreciate the WP7 OS as a whole, they first have to be drawn in by the sexy UI. Kudos, Microsoft. That was officially the first time the words "sexy" and "Microsoft" were used in the same sentence.

source: WPCentral and WinMobile.se via WMPoweruser

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16 Comments

1. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Okay, that is kinda funny ......

4. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

yaaa it kinda is... and why yellow and blue... funny thing is this is sadly more marketing than microsoft has done all year...

11. hepresearch unregistered

... and what's extra funny is that, officially, the words "sexy" and "Microsoft" do not actually appear in the same sentence. No, in fact, they are in adjacent sentences, but not the same one... but I'll bet that may officially be the first time that those two have appeared in adjacent sentences! Either way, a first... lol!

12. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

ya im surprised they didnt catch that on a proofread... haha

3. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

I love Metro Ui, WinPho7...not so much. I think it's pretty cool how it's progressed. Zune HD -> WinPho7 -> Windows 8 Windows 8 looks very nice. However, I'm a little worried by the way windows 7 pops out sometimes... Not so seamless. Definitely a good look. But I've never been much for Microsoft, so it's gonna take some fantastic software. (on a sidenote, there's a Metro Ui theme on Tumblr)

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

have you played with a wp7? They are actually great devices. Anyone that talks crap about a wp7 and hasnt played with it is an idiot. The only thing they are really missing right now is a plethora of apps and (hopefully) a bunch of free integrated services like google does, which will come with time.

8. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

that's the only problem i have with Microsoft & WP7 is they're not aggressively progressive like Google & Android are. if they had made the kind of progress that Android made after all this time then i would've switched by now.

9. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

have u seen mango and its 500 features! all the things it has are shooting it up along with android and ios...

10. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

where are they then? does any of the features make third party app developers want to make more apps for the platform, if not then i'm not interested yet.

14. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

well its obvi not out yet... its coming out in fall... god...

15. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

what do you know! around the time we start unwrapping some Ice Cream Sandwiches!

13. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

I HAVE played with Windows Phone 7 devices before. I thought it was very nice. However, I don't feel it's all there. It's kind of boring. It needs more to it. Nice look, but overly simplified. Even iOS let's you have a wallpaper now!

17. sheldonlynn unregistered

hey, sorry for the late ask. but where's the tumblr theme of metro ui? it'd be really appreciated. thanks!

5. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

yeah, if it's one thing we can all agree on here is that the Metro UI is just Mmm! pretty damn smexy! ;D

6. Redonkulous... unregistered

Seriously its too vague. I mean a unicoloured square/rectangle with some words on it and it'll be considered copyright? Redonkulous...

16. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Sexy and Microsoft have definately been used in the same sentence together before... :P

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