Microsoft last week announced a metro-redesign for the desktop UI in the final release of Windows 8. Yep, not the Release Preview, the final version, so you’ll have to wait till October to see it.
See it in this post on Building Windows 8:
I’m not too sure I like it, at first. It’s very different. Then again, I hated the name change from Windows Live Hotmail to Microsoft Hotmail at first, but now I prefer the latter way more. I suppose that once I get to use it, I’ll hate Aero and wonder why I ever use it.
This change actually proves many people wrong. Paul Thurrott from http://winsupersite.com/ said Microsoft will not re-style the desktop because it’s the past, and that people failed an intelligence test when someone posted a metro desktop mockup and people said “Microsoft should hire this guy”. But it turns out Microsoft doesn’t see the desktop as completely dead just yet.
What do you think of the change?
By the way, the Release Preview will have a slightly more metro-y desktop (e.g. flatter Explorer), but the complete metro re-design won’t be complete by the first week of June so it’ll only be available in the final version. I think the new UI is in the current winmain builds, but since the RP build will be in the final versions, we won’t see the whole new UI for a while. To see what is coming in the Release Preview, see my post.