Microsoft preparing Metro inspired “Aero Lite” UI for Windows 8?

By Tom Warren, on 13th Mar 11 8:45 pm with 11 Comments

Windows 8 Aero Lite

Microsoft is rumored to be preparing an “Aero Lite” UI for Windows 8 according to leaked components from a recent build.

The “Aero Lite” UI is likely replace the Windows 7 Basic interface. Microsoft originally invented the Basic UI for those unable to run the full Windows Aero experience. Windows 8 is rumored to include a full 3D interface which has so far failed to leak out of Redmond’s tight ship. The Aero Lite UI has been revealed in msstyles files supplied to Angel of Despair. The new user interface is rumored to feature some flat Metro styles, similar to those found in Microsoft’s Media Center application and Windows Phone 7.

Microsoft’s primary Windows 8 interface is believed to be fully 3D. The interface will be “fully dynamic” and able to adapt to user habits. Icons and shortcuts will adapt to different usage scenarios to speed up daily tasks. Windows 8 is also rumored to include a new fast hibernation system. The system will hibernate in around three to six seconds and save all open documents and running tasks. Rumors suggest that Microsoft will create a dual-UI for Windows 8. A tile-based user interface codenamed “Mosh” will reportedly be included.

Microsoft has so far been extremely quiet on the Windows 8 front. Windows Chief, Steven Sinofsky, took to the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January to introduce a technology preview of Microsoft’s Windows ARM support and show off an early build of Windows 8. Microsoft is partnering with ARM-based manufactures NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments to produce new Tablet devices.

Steve Ballmer has described the next release of Windows as the company’s “riskiest product bet”. It is understood that Microsoft will feature deep cloud integration into the future OS to realise its vision of “three screens and a cloud”. One Microsoft employee recently said he believes Windows 8 will be the “most important Windows ever shipped.”

  • http://vipultaneja.com Vipul Taneja

    Good 1 Tom..That was quick..

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Wow Fantastic… everyone who knows me will know i’m happy!

  • Frylockns86

    That’s most likely what the “basic” theme is we saw on the new leaked screenshots… Look closely at the titlebar of the new Office screens.

    • http://www.winrumors.com Tom W

      Indeed, I think you’re right there.

    • Aethec

      The Office titlebar looks more like a WIP to me.

  • Husam_ee

    Tom, when we can download IE9 final before tommorow night??

  • GP007

    I don’t expect we’ll see the new UI just like how we never saw the new taskbar in Win7 till the beta, or close to the beta release from what I remember. I bet they have the UI stuck in internal only testing and ship out these tests builds using the basic or “lite” UI which doesn’t show much change so that nothing leaks.

    The best bet for something totally new would be close to or at MiX I’d say.

  • Guest

    I dont think Aero Lite has any to do with MoSH ….

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/VJLYN6QZDE2AWUYDNCJZZAC6UE Marcos

    More of the same.

  • zaph

    Seems a bit pointless to me. It should have been a bigger priority for M$ to concentrate on the issues at hand; like their floundering mobile strategy, not to mention the fact that their ‘paying’ clients will need to wait for their next version of sql server database before we are able to migrate our dev platform for visual studio 2010! They are not exactly inspiring the warm-fuzzy-feelings of security and stability.

  • zaph

    Seems a bit pointless to me. It should have been a bigger priority for M$ to concentrate on the issues at hand; like their floundering mobile strategy, not to mention the fact that their ‘paying’ clients will need to wait for their next version of sql server database before we are able to migrate our dev platform for visual studio 2010! They are not exactly inspiring the warm-fuzzy-feelings of security and stability.