Microsoft appears to have shown off a new Windows user interface during its own marketing video.
The new taskbar appears in a Flexible Workstyle Ad (video) recently created for Microsoft’s Windows Enterprise group. Microsoft shows off the user interface shortly after the narrator says “a single idea can make people see things they’ve never seen before.” It’s not immediately clear whether this is Microsoft’s Windows 8 task bar or if it’s just concept art that has appeared in a marketing video. Microsoft is known for its concept videos and future visions but generally sticks to shipping products for any type of marketing videos.
The interface is shown twice in the video and appears to show a clock in the middle of the taskbar surrounded by text. The flattened appearance of the Windows Start button is consistent with what Microsoft has revealed so far for Windows 8. The interface is animated, indicating that this appearance is not the work of a single concept image. Microsoft has been rumored to be preparing an updated Aero version for its Windows 8 user interface. Recently leaked builds indicate the company may allow low-end machines to use the Windows Aero interface in a software mode, taking advantage of a systems CPU and RAM capabilities. Microsoft has typically only allowed specific graphics cards to enable Aero.
Microsoft is currently preparing a “Windows Developer Preview” of Windows 8 for release next month at the company’s BUILD conference. The preview will likely contain a number of near final parts of Microsoft’s work with Windows 8 but will not mark the “beta” stage of Windows 8. WinRumors will be live from the BUILD conference from September 13 onwards, stay tuned for up to the minute coverage of Microsoft’s grand Windows 8 unveiling.
Update: Unfortunately this isn’t a future Windows UI at all. WinRumors reader Fludlyt points out that it is in fact rainmeter, a third party application for Windows. “That is the Enigma theme by @kaelri for Rainmeter which was made in 2008 and the exact taskbar theme can be seen here on Flickr > http://bit.ly/qPb8Jh . If you like it download it at http://enigma.kaelri.com/ :)”
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