This is how the Windows 10 phone interface looks like, release date tipped for September

A landscape interface mode will be making a cameo in Windows 10 for phones

A landscape interface mode will be making a cameo in Windows 10 for phones


Microsoft made an uber-lengthy keynote yesterday, where it detailed the cross-platform realities of the upcoming Windows 10 edition, which will run one and the same app on phones, tablets, laptops, hybrids and even TVs alike, with only an interface redraw. It also laid out bare the Internet Explorer browser successor, Microsoft Edge, and made demonstrations of assorted HoloLens gear for its futuristic Windows Holographic undertaking.

What interests us most are the mobile-related announcements, though, and there were quite a few of those. Besides the opening of the Windows platform for easy porting of Android and iOS apps, Microsoft demonstrated Continuum, or how one and the same app, like Outlook, can start off on the phone, then move to a tablet, then to a laptop or even a much larger screen. The kicker is that not only your work seamlessly transitions between those, but the interface morphs to adapt for the different input methods on all of these devices. What the Windows Phone chief Joe Belfiore didn't show much of during the keynote, was the actual interface that will grace your handset when the new Windows phones hit the market later this year, but now the gaps have been filled with a dedicated post. 

The official Windows blog spilled the beans on the peculiarities of the new interface, but, above all, provided a number of pictures to demonstrate it, using the Outlook app. Apparently, there will be the tried-and-true "hamburger" menu, which, unfortunately is placed at the same uncomfortable left-hand side, while most of us are holding the phones with the right. On the other hand, Microsoft will only be using it where it makes sense, and not in the Gallery app interface on phones, for instance.

Moreover, the "three dots" context menu we are accustomed to from you know which mobile OS, is present, too, but thankfully situated in the lower right corner, reachable with your thumb only. Microsoft is still mulling over the tiniest details, like whether the recent apps in the task switcher should be arranged left-to-right, or vice versa. Another very welcome novelty, and something that stock Android and iOS still don't have (save for the iPhone 6 Plus interface), is the landscape mode, which quickly redraws content and navigation imagery to fit a wider, shorter aspect narrative. Take a look below, and tell us what you think - judging from the September 2015 heading in the Calendar example, that might be the timeframe when Windows 10 for phones will hit the market.

source: Windows Blog

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53 Comments

1. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

Looks pretty awesome

21. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Universal Windows platform is a great idea.

29. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

i dont like the new icons of battery and some apps....otherwise its pretty awesome

44. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

September can't get here soon enough!

2. RajRicardo

Posts: 483; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Seriously, they can hide the status bar in landscape mode. No one needs it 24x7.

51. kareivis

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Yeah, but it`s still better to show status bar on the side while in landscape. You dont need 16:9 in landscape most of the time, and it is better to get as much vertical screen estate as possible, not some thin strip to view document in. Full screen also would be nice. :)

3. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

So far so good, just need to fix the mind gap now! And for personal preference, a phone with a N-Trig pen.

4. mss1988

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Holo light... ;)

19. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

No, it's different... because it's blue! :)

36. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO looks more like Material Design than Holo, but with a flat Metro-like skin Anyway good job from MS W10 Build 10074 is great And they announced lots of great features, e.g. running Android and iOS apps

37. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Microsoft was doing Flat design about 4 years before Android and iOS did it.

41. Amiet

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

'good artists copy; great artists steal' MS is good artist :D

42. epdm2be

Posts: 816; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

...and it was ugly then is still ugly now. Djeez, I see ugly meaningless flat iconography every day (Road signs for instance) and now too on PC's and phones. Yuk! Then there's the fact that I've seen simple UI's in the eighties. I'm sick of them. If I want rectangular blobs then I can as well fire up a Sinclair QL for god's sake!

52. kareivis

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Still better than uber-glossy-shiny-3Dee-colory-every icon different style style! ;)

5. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

It looks like iOS

7. Amiet

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Get a life mate

16. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

He has a point m8... Look at the bottom controls of iOS browser here:http://cdn1.tekrevue.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/ios8-safari-desktop-site.jpg and look at the image 3 above. The back and forward keys are an exact rip-off. Also, the general theme is pretty much the same as iOS. Just like iOS their keys are based on line drawing as well.

22. maherk

Posts: 6703; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I am sorry, but i still don't see the resemblance.

24. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Okay on the link I provided look at the bottom left side of the first iPhone screen. Do you see a back arrow and a forward arrow ? Now look at image 3 above, the phone in the middle has the same art i.e. same back and front arrow keys. Notice that now ?

26. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

More like generic greater than and less than to me

28. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL........Do you know how the design works right ? Ofc, every shape or art will have some resemblance to something well known already in existence so that the users can easily relate themselves too. Remember how u use to complain Google copy your MS's 3 dots ? Well even I can come back and say that three dots are pretty generic three circles in a row, no big deal. Also, are you seriously saying all of a sudden this is just a coincidence that Apple & MS have the same navigation keys ?! Pull ur head out, m8. I am sure even the hamburger menu is just a coincidence and so are the quick toggles and presence of so much white in the OS

38. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

That white can be changed to black if desired, as well as the accent color (the blue).

40. Amiet

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Lets just say you'r right :D But just look at pictures again, That interface looking much better than Ios.

50. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Now that I agree.

49. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

The colour scheme, the browser & email layout, fonts, light blue shade, and btw windows 10 itself completely ripoff from OS X Yosemite

9. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Which one do you feel that looks like iOS?

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

LOL, should have gone to specsavers.

15. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

haha.....hello my fellow Englishman !

33. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

What he's a kiwi or an aussie?

46. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Well played, sir ! +1

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