As the world moves toward more portable, touch-based technology, Windows 8, with its new user interface design, is moving along with it. The Windows 8 User Interface, popularly known as Metro UI, was released for general use October 26, 2012. The new Metro user interface with its touch-based software design is obviously geared toward tablet and smart phone users.Windows 8 does away with the old Start button and menu, displaying instead a collection of colorful tiles. The slick design of the tiles makes the user interface simple and easy to use. Each tile naturally corresponds to an application and the tiles can be added, removed and altered according to the user’s preference. Metro UI also features live tiles continuously updating your RSS feed, stocks, weather, twitter, etc.
A convenient feature of the new Metro UI is the ability to sync between multiple devices including your smart phone, tablet, and computer. Using a Microsoft account, or Windows Live account, you can sync applications, settings, files, and more among yourWindows 8 devices. This syncing feature makes it easy, for example, to work during your commute and switch quickly to your desktop when you arrive at the office. And although Metro UI is designed with a touch screen in mind, for those of us still attached to our mouse and keyboard, the Windows 8 User Interface is still very much a viable option. In fact, one of the advantages ofWindows 8 is its seamless transition between the Metro UI and the familiar Windows desktop.
Windows 8 Application Development
Of course with the new Windows 8 interface design language comes new applications. As more companies and individuals make the switch to Metro UI, the demand for smart phone applications, as well as applications geared toward tablets and desktops, increases. Keep an eye on our blog for a post from Paul, one of our own, as he shares his experience developing an application for Metro UI.