Windows 8: Android-like pattern logon screen demo [video]

By Tom Warren, on 22nd Apr 11 7:49 pm with 22 Comments

Windows 8 pattern based logon

A newly leaked video demonstrates Windows 8′s pattern based logon system.

The video shows a Metro UI style Windows 8 logon prompt with a new pattern based password logon. The pattern system is similar to Google’s Android pattern passcode. Microsoft appears to be working on a pattern based system for devices with a touch screen. Elements of the Windows 8 login process have previously leaked, including a video which demonstrates the tiled interface and larger easier to touch menu systems. The latest video was posted at MyDigitalLife on Friday.

Leaked screenshots, posted in March, also show a flattened Metro UI interface codenamed “Aero Lite”.  The screenshots show a flattened interface consistent with Microsoft’s Metro UI. 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. The “Immersive” Tablet UI will be driven by Microsoft’s Metro based design language. Microsoft will include a new application model codenamed “Jupiter” that will allow developers to create Silverlight based applications, deployed as AppX packages (.appx). The packages will be part of a new Windows application store, pre-installed with Windows 8.

Here’s a recap of the latest Windows 8 news:

WARNING: Video is a little NSFW mid-way through

Thanks to @compixels for the news tip

  • Benjy91

    The hell…..

  • AlienSix

    MS is in it to win it!

  • The Boss

    Dickhead…haha, what a name. Lmao

    • Super2online

      Yeah, he obviously has a sense of humor!

  • Nehapolis
    • Tom W

      Yup just noticed that and swapped it around, thanks

    • Chris Lindhartsen

      Ah, so that explains the username then.

  • GP007

    The other thing I like is the new transition effect when you login and the desktop fades in like you were opening a app. Very nice!

    • Kadeem

      I don’t think it’s a transition effect, I believe it has to do with the camera adjusting to the most dominant light source (the new window opening…my camera does this when adjusting exposure)

    • Brian Spencer

      No, I’m pretty sure that’s a transition. Pause it in the act and you can see it.

    • 959

      That is a transition between the Login Screen and the actuall desktop. No more Black screens between or something ;)

  • Eingoluq

    it is not really android like, remember project origami used similar login techniques using images.

  • Anonymous

    Haha, classic.

  • TryllZ

    MS needs to get rid of the legendary start menu and replace it with something new innoative, i hope they do it pre-release….

  • Jason

    Looks really clumsy, so far. The pattern login looks very amateurish; there should be no need to press a button after you enter the correct sequence, there are no effects etc.

    Also, why is there no transition between the lock screen (showing the time and such) and the login? I know it is only an early build but I hope these things get addressed; lack of polish really harms Windows.

    • Anonymous

      By having people hit a button after entering the pattern, you can make different lengths of passwords possible – and you make guessing harder.

      Imagine your password is just two squares, and someone would enter 4 at random. If he’d coincidentally start with your two, he wouldn’t know if he had to press a button first.

      Appart from that, while such logins are useful on a phone, they don’t quite fit with tablets or PCs if you ask me. People can really, Really easily see the entry and thus get access to your device. Use the keyboard, it simply is more secure.

  • Callumpy

    Win 8 looking very nice.

  • Chad Chisholm

    That’s the least secure login method of all time!
    Anyone from 20 feet away can see your swipe pattern. We’ll never log in while projecting our desktop again!

    • mackenziepricee

      I think it’s safe to say that this login method would be tablet only. Plus it says more login options on the lock screen. Probably directs you to a password imput.

  • Taulant

    I was thinking about switching to Mac OS anyways.

  • Felipe Divensi

    the username is Dickhead???

  • Mike Mathias

    I can not wait to run Zune software on Win8