When Microsoft finalized Milestone build 3 of Windows 8, a Summer beta release was expected. Earlier today, Microsoft started distribution of Windows 8 early beta for OEMs and now a possible beta release has been slated for September. While surely none of us can wait to see what Microsoft plans to introduce in Windows 8, according to some leaked Windows 8 installation screenshots, it looks like Microsoft may be implementing the Meta UI feel in to Windows 8.
What is Metro UI? Microsoft uses typography-based design languages that the company itself created. Metro is Microsoft’s code name for that design language. Metro was primarily used in Media Center and was fully used in Zune. Windows Phone 7 also features the Metro look. Overall, things in the Metro UI look clean, simple and easy to use.
The leaked Windows 8 installation screenshot is from build 7955 of Windows 8 and these screenshots clearly show that Microsoft is going to implement Metro UI in Windows 8 as well as the next version of Microsoft Office.
This time around in Windows 8, Microsoft is said to be bringing a fully dynamic 3D UI, meaning that Windows 8 interface will learn the usage habits of Windows 8 users and provide an overall faster user experience.
As of now, Microsoft has been very tight lipped about Windows 8. Back at the International Consumer Electronics Show 2011 in Las Vegas, Microsoft showed full ARM support for Windows 8, where it previewed an early build of Windows 8 on top of which Windows 7 GUI was running. It looks like Windows 8 is definitely going to be faster, lighter and better than all previous versions of Windows.
We’ll be sure to bring you any more updates on Windows 8, as they come in. Stay tuned!