Sunday, September 11, 2011

Windows 8 Metro Style UI – A No Compromise Design

Few days ago, Microsoft Windows showcased their new UI style inspired by the Metro Interface for their next upcoming windows version, Windows 8.
The passed day we saw some new stuff on the Building Windows 8 blog, where the Steven Sinofsky calls the “Metro style user interface” that Microsoft previously shown, the new Start Screen and how that, combines well with the classic Windows desktop.
Sinofsky mentioned that there are “two different key elements of the Windows 8 design”. The recently shown Metro Style UI and the Microsoft’s traditional (i.e. legacy) Windows desktop with some astonishing improvements made in their tools such as Explorer and the copy file dialog. Prior one of the major problem was faced at the Start Screen, which revealed out to be switching between these two UIs was “jarring.”

Sinofsky admits that introducing Metro Style UI Interface is a balancing act, as having both of user interfaces together amicably is an imperious fragment of Windows 8. He mentioned that the Microsoft team started working towards their Windows 8 development goal from the beginning, summer of 2009, when the Windows 7 was introduced to the users. Microsoft started working with the pledge to” reimagine Windows” with this new Windows 8 release. They started with basic module of windows which includes- rethinking even the most basic elements of the user model, the platform and APIs, and the architectures.
The overall goal came as developing a no compromise design. Unlike prior windows interfaces, Windows 8 Metro UI is much more than just a shell on top of Windows, Sinofsky also added particularly that “Metro style is much more than the visual design as we shall see … it involves tools, APIs, languages, UI conventions, and even some of the most basic assumptions about a PC.”
A “no compromise” design means the old and the new, working well together without any flaws. In Windows 8, users will get a beautiful, fast and fluid, Metro style interface and a huge variety of new apps to use,” Sinofsky enlightens. “These applications have new aspects (a platform) that go well beyond the graphical. If you really get satisfied and impressed with the Metro world and want to retain it permanently, then you have the option of not choosing the desktop and thereof the role of desktop will be cleared.


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