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

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.


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



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6 Comments

1. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

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

2. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

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

3. calamazoo unregistered

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

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

5. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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?

6. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 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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