Microsoft revealed a new version of its Windows 8 Start Screen interface on Monday.
The interface was shown briefly at the end of a video demonstrating Microsoft’s VHD and ISO support inside Windows 8. The tiles look identical to Windows Phone, arranged in blocks of four and featuring the distinctive Metro tile colors found in Windows Phone 7. The tiles appear to be square rather than the rectangular look that Microsoft first revealed in June.
The brief appearance of a newly designed Windows Start Menu and Start Screen appear to be no accidental mistake. Microsoft is drumming up interest in Windows 8 by revealing fairly trivial aspects of the operating system alongside some hints at the workings of the new user interface. Microsoft revealed its new Windows 8 Start Button during a previous “Building Windows 8″ video. The Start Button appears to be more flat with pastel colors, reflecting Microsoft’s adoption of the Metro design language it now uses throughout the company. Microsoft’s new Start Screen UI is designed to support the latest PC form factors, including touch-based slates and tablets.
Expect to see further hints at the new Windows 8 user experience in upcoming “Building Windows 8″ videos from Microsoft. The company will unveil Windows 8 in full at its BUILD conference next month.