Microsoft flaunts Metro style PowerPoint live tiles [video]

By Tom Warren, on 11th Jul 11 9:14 pm with 37 Comments

Microsoft's unified user interface

Microsoft demonstrated a live tiles PowerPoint template on Monday.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer showed off a number of slides during his keynote address at the Worldwide Partner conference on Monday in Los Angeles. Ballmer’s PowerPoint driven presentation was powered by what appeared to be Metro style live tiles. The choice of live tiles took many by surprise but reinforced the company’s plans for a unified user interface across devices.

Microsoft is planning Metro style user interfaces across Windows 8, Xbox 360 and Office 15. The software giant uses the tile and text user interface for its existing Windows Phone devices and will sync all of its user interfaces into one unified vision for its next range of products due in 2012. Check-out a video of some of the neat PowerPoint animations and live tiles, below.

  • Test1ngi23

    Most of the slides look too busy. Too many things sliding around that cause distractions. It look neat though.

    • Anonymous

      On the contrary, I think with live tiles in PP you can say several things in one slide that before you did with several slides. Also prevents people from simply just narrating/repeating bullet points.

    • Anonymous

      i kinda agree with you but if you can time or control those animations perhaps it would be useful so when you are presenting you just click and it the animations show your information dynamically

    • Anonymous

      i kinda agree with you but if you can time or control those animations perhaps it would be useful so when you are presenting you just click and it the animations show your information dynamically

  • Anonymous

    As a true microsoft fan, My dreams are steadily coming true. This is amazing to see, well done

  • http://twitter.com/ASV93 ASV93

    [...] Microsoft is planning Metro style user interfaces across Windows 8, Xbox 360 and Office 12 [...]

    Office 12 lol? :D

  • Research

    “Microsoft is planning Metro style user interfaces across Windows 8, Xbox 360 and Office 12.”
    What does Office 2007 (12) do in this sentense?

    • http://twitter.com/alex Alex Wilhelm

      I assume he meant Office 15

    • http://profiles.google.com/fromparistonewyork Aurélien Ramondou

      Come on. Office 2012.

    • CandidCalum

      The sentence doesn’t mention Office 2012 though; for that to be the case, there should be an apostrophe before the ’12′. The article mentions Office 12, not Office ’12.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a good strategy. Once pc users get used to the metro interface, the wp7 and the win8 tablet will be a more natural choice since they are already familiar with the interface.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a good strategy. Once pc users get used to the metro interface, the wp7 and the win8 tablet will be a more natural choice since they are already familiar with the interface.

  • Anonymous

    So,
    what is next? Managing your desktop’s software, files and folders with Zune?

    • http://twitter.com/GriffinCoulter Griffin Coulter

      the zune client NEEDS an updated look. they need to come full circle and update the thing that started it all…

    • http://www.digitalcents.net dagamer34

      Zune software needs to be included by default in Windows to be as integrated as iTunes is in OS X.

    • J-mac

      So true… but antitrust will screw this up.

    • MikeByke

      I doubt that Zune will be used in such a powerful manner.  Zune itself is extremely slow to boot and I’d fear it’s behemoth weight in even opening a subfolder.  Zune needs to clean itself up and provide users with a more powerful experience with apps (like restore anytime, save apps to Desktop so you don’t have to redownload, show a better app download history, and show how much hardspace apps are taking up…. like TouchXperience).  I can see Zune getting a few more tweaks, maybe a little Mango love… but yeah, not sure if MS will continue using Zune for the Windows Phone or if we’ll even have Zune on Win8. :-/

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=11814278 Chris Woelfel

      Slow to boot? lies.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mitch-Foster/100000527225418 Mitch Foster

      Yeah, it takes itunes on my computer around 15 seconds to pop up (she’s old) and zune is damn near instance.  Not to mention moving around the program and it’s online store is  much quicker than itunes…. In which loading the online store takes up another 5-10 seconds of my time.

      And if it is in any way slower than iTunes, at least Zune shows that is processing a request ( As in clearing the screen until the new material shows up) instead of iTunes which does absolutely nothing.  IDK, Maybe I have a slow computer, but because of this I can easily recognize the performance differences between the two programs.

      But I also will always believe that Apple has purposefully written itunes to be a POS on Windows in order to get customers that visit their Apple stores to subconsciously register that “Holy hell! iTunes is much quicker on a Mac, maybe they are a lot better?”

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeffrey-Syang/507688178 Jeffrey Syang

      No offense, but it might just be your computer. I have both itunes and zune on the family computer since my bother has a itouch 4 and i have the zune hd. On my comp, cold booting (restarting the comp and opening the program the first time after comp reboots) zune takes 3 seconds while itunes takes 5. Granted, my comp has a 6 core amd phenom II X6, 8 gb ddr3 ram with a 7200 rpm hdd so opening these programs is not a big problem. However, on my laptop (i5-450, 4 gb ddr3 ram, 5400 rpm hdd), cold booting zune takes 5 seconds whereas itunes takes 8-10 seconds.

      I would highly suggest using the zune software over itunes. It is a bit more lenient in my opinion. If I go to a friend’s house and find some good music, all I have to do is install or launch the zune software, locate the music, sign into my account, and sync the music to the zune(similar to steam) whereas for the itouch and itunes, I would need to practically erase my whole library and sync the friend’s library to my itouch, go back home, transfer the friend’s music I like to my computer using sharepod or something, adding the songs into my library, and then erase and finally resync my library to the itouch again.

      btw, downloaded apps in the zune software does get saved to the computer. For zune hd apps, they are in C:Users*Computer Name*AppDataLocalMicrosoftZuneApplications. For wp7, it might be similar but under WP7 or something.

      Another thing to point out is that MS has three dedicated media players. They have Windows Media Player, Media Center, and Zune. I really do think that they should streamline it into one fully functional and well-rounded player to make things easier for windows users.

    • Anonymous

      My system setup is about the same. Except I’m running on 4 cores (AMD Phenon II x4) with 8GB of RAM and iTunes took 23 seconds to come up. Zune took 8 (with iTunes open) although the splash screen came up instantly. With iTunes closed: 4 seconds.
      So I’m not totally sure whats up with zune being over 70% percent faster with iTunes open and like 90% faster with iTunes closed.. I mean… iTunes is notorious for being slow but that is seriously SLOW. I don’t care how much you love the iPhone or iPod. Thats seriously slow. Syncing the iPhone takes ages also.. while syncing a Windows Phone.. its almost near instant. I mean my HD7 syncs faster than my Zune can sync anything. And it totally blows the iPhone out of the water in terms of syncing speeds…

      I’d say Zune anyday.

      You know whats funny though… Windows Media Player is instant! LOL!

    • CandidCalum

      It isn’t slow. Why do people blame the software when it’s clear their hardware is not up to scratch? It must be a problem with your hardware because Zune is fast in all aspects for me.

  • http://twitter.com/GriffinCoulter Griffin Coulter

    As a side note. has anyone noticed that the tiles in Win 8 have a very slight gradient rather than the single, solid colour tiles in WP7. Also, i wish they were more consistent with title dimensions. the xbox tiles dont look right IMO.

  • João Pedro

    The next version of PowerPoint should have an option to easily do this. Really cool.

  • Anonymous

    …sexy

  • Bruno Pereira

    can if prepare, apple;

  • Raynner Dourado Matos

    The Office 12 is the Office 2007, would not be Office 15.

  • lumpy6

    anyone else notice the netflix logo on the w8 picture?

    • lumpy6

      and the office logo

    • CandidCalum

      That’s a very good point considering how Office was shown during the AllThingsD conference. I was worried about how we would access Office since they made it sound like they weren’t bothered at that conference, but this image gives me hope.

  • guest

    I’m doubtful about the practicality of this style in a presentation, but I must admit the Office 365 slide at the end with a tile counting up to 25 seconds is absolutely genius.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Leo-Maurer/100000471791391 Leo Maurer

    nice

  • http://twitter.com/hvnchrstn hyn chrstn

    ‘Live tile’ is only good for navigation, MS should use ‘hub ui’ to show content

  • http://twitter.com/hvnchrstn hyn chrstn

    ‘Live tile’ is only good for navigation, MS should use ‘hub ui’ to show content

  • http://twitter.com/hvnchrstn hyn chrstn

    ‘Live tile’ is only good for navigation, MS should use ‘hub ui’ to show content

  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

    I think you mean Office 15, not Office 12

  • Nina Anderson

    I don’t if you have already tried Smart PPT Converter, but that software lets you actually convert PowerPoint presentations into video files. I’ve used it many times. The good thing about all this is that you can then play the presentation on any video player. http://www.ppt-to-video-converter.com