Sinofsky posted another article today on Building Windows 8 blog that details the design of Metro Style and the desktop, the user interface that powers Windows 8.
There will be two different elements of the Windows 8 UI, a Metro style UI and a classic Desktop containing tools such as Explorer, coexistent live together in Windows 8. How can they be working together to create a harmonious environment?
This is a balancing act…having both of user interface together harmoniously is an important part of Windows 8.
We started planning Windows 8 during the summer of 2009 (before Windows 7 shipped). From the start, our approach has been to reimagine Windows, and to be open to revisiting even the most basic elements of the user model, the platform and APIs, and the architectures we support. Our goal was a no compromise design.
The Metro Style is an inevitable element built right in at the first place but it was the huge success of Windows 7 that brought Microsoft to re-think their re-image ambitious approach.
At the same time, we recognized that Windows 7 has been a huge success. Not just as measured by sales figures or by the number of people using it, but also by the depth of usage. Hundreds of millions of people rely on the Windows 7 UI and existing Windows apps and devices every day, and would value (and expect) us to bring forward aspects of that experience to their next PCs.
The design goal for Windows 8 was clear: no compromises, meaning:
If you want to, you can seamlessly switch between Metro style apps and the improved Windows desktop. Existing apps, devices, and tools all remain and are improved in Windows 8. On the other hand, if you prefer to immerse yourself in only Metro style apps (and platform) and the new user experience, you can do that as well!
That’s a heck of a goal to accomplish. It’s hard, not because of the design and technology to fulfill it, but because I’ve never seen a design from Redmond that satisfies both sides of the wall.
There will be a lot more discussion coming out from Building Windows 8 blog in the coming weeks. So let’s see what Windows 8 really brings to us.