Could the future of Microsoft's Windows be all Metro?

Steven Hodson

Back in February on my Windows related blog I made a prediction regarding the next version of Windows expected some time in 2012. In the post I suggested that we could see something radically different from Redmond and while it was definitely a case of reading the tea leaves it was based on some interesting tidbits of information that has started floating around the web.

Writing that post I spent some time looking over all the images and videos posted to the various blogs covering the conference and Microsoft’s announcement as well as reading a whole bunch of them. As I was reading I was reminded of a recent post over at Microsoft Kitchen by Stephen Chapman about some rumors starting to make the rounds about how Windows 8 would becompletely different and mind-blowing.

With the big Microsoft MIX10 conference happening next week we are starting to hear more about this totally new Metro UI with people like Long Zheng and Paul Thurrott digging up more interesting information.

As Long notes in a post today

Fans of the “Metro” user experience which made its debut on Windows Phone 7 Series will be pleased to know desktop applications featuring large fonts and simple shapes too are coming soon to a PC and Mac near you.

Ahead of the MIX10 event next week, Tim Heuer of the Silverlight team let out a sneak peek at some new application themes developed by Microsoft for Silverlight 4, including one inspired by the Zune desktop software appropriately called “Metro”.

Ahead of the MIX10 event next week, Tim Heuer of the Silverlight team let out a sneak peek at some new application themes developed by Microsoft for Silverlight 4, including one inspired by the Zune desktop software appropriately called “Metro”.

I have no insider information to suggest that this is what Microsoft is actually doing. But it's very clear to me that something wonderfully innovative has happened here. And if this company is looking for the next mark it can leave on the world, my recommendation is to see where else Metro makes sense and to apply this UI liberally across its other product lines. This new UI, and the thinking it represents, is I think the biggest change that's come out of the Windows Phone 7 Series launch. And I see no reason why it needs to be limited to just the phone.

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