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Developer Bringing Windows 8 UI to Windows 7

By - Source: Tom's Hardware UK | B 6 comments

Indie developers inspired by tiles.

The Windows 8 tile interface that Microsoft showed off a couple weeks ago has been a big hit. The video that Microsoft released has hit 3.7 million views to date. (Click here to see that bit of news.)

While not everyone is thrilled by the tablet inspiration, Microsoft has made it clear that the new interface simply just exists on top of the current, familiar Windows desktop.

With that in mind, some independent developers are working to bring that tile-based UI to Windows 7. WinRumors has highlighted the early work of Italian developer Sergio James Bruccoleri, who is working on a public beta of a Windows 8-like interface that will layer on top of Windows 7.

Bruccoleri says that this demo is in a pre-beta state, and that a public beta will come with "effects and some cool stuffs."

Check out the video demo of his early work, which are clearly free of transition effects.

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    Silmarunya , 12 June 2011 21:11
    Does. Not. Want.
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    Anonymous , 12 June 2011 23:23
    it looks bloody awful, instead of small icons i can easily place and group its going to use stupid big tiles that mean you can only see about 20 things at a time...and they call it progress.
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    damian86 , 12 June 2011 23:39
    SilmarunyaDoes. Not. Want.

    +1 to that.Windows 7 is fine the way it is.IMO, windows 8 ui looks boring.I preffer my taskbar, widgets and Aero peek.
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    wild9 , 13 June 2011 05:13
    Thanks for the heads up, Marcus.

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    The Windows 8 tile interface that Microsoft showed off a couple weeks ago has been a big hit. The video that Microsoft released has hit 3.7 million views to date.


    I wonder how many of those hits reflect little beyond passive curiosity.

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    While not everyone is thrilled by the tablet inspiration, Microsoft has made it clear that the new interface simply just exists on top of the current, familiar Windows desktop.


    Which leads me to ask, what is the point of Windows 8? What does it add?

    All in all, I'm not keen either. It looks bland and restrictive. I see little in that video that cannot be accomplished by pressing alt-tab. However if I retain the right to choose then no problem.

    If you own a tablet or other mobile device and PC, what do you make of this UI?
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    Lewis57 , 13 June 2011 06:30
    I have a touch screen all in one that was given to me as a presant that I haven't got around to selling yet, I think I'll prospone longer and put this on it, although this or windows 8 won't come anywhere near my desktop unless its something really special, which I can't imagine it is.
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    flaminggerbil , 14 June 2011 00:55
    I'm sure that style of ui is very nice on a tablet.

    Dont have a tablet.
    Dont particularly want one.
    So why is Microsft trying to sell us pointless crap which doesnt seem to have been designed with PC's in mind, please MS, the W7 ui is nice as it is. A few tweeks would be alrite but dont overlay it with something that ugly.
    It would be like controlling a 23" smartphone with a mouse...