A subtle, aesthetic, change was made to the Windows 8 close, minimize, and maximize buttons on the Windows 8 desktop. It now looks more “tile-ish” just like Metro and it has a sharper look to it. Some Windows “purists” of course will probably hate it, but these are probably also the people that hated the user interface...

So it’s pretty interesting that a lot of people have been asking me why Microsoft need to build an intrusive Metro interface into ALL versions of Windows 8. When you really stop to think about it, the Windows 8 Metro interface really feels more like a theme that can be launched instead of the traditional desktop. The...

Microsoft today (in their Windows 8 development blog), described the thinking around changes being made to the Start Menu. It’s a good read and I advise everyone to check it out. I have to say that in the blog post, Steven Sinofsky (I assume it’s him) or Chaitanya Sareen, the stated author makes a very profound...

We received a new rumor regarding the dual interface strategy Microsoft is currently pursuing for Windows 8. This is a RUMOR – We cannot validate the truth of the story. This rumor deals with differences of opinion about the two user interfaces that will allegedly come with Windows 8. As a reminder, Windows 8 will...

Microsoft will include a new application model codenamed “Jupiter” that will allow developers to create Silverlight based applications, deployed as AppX packages (.appx). The UI will be driven by Microsoft’s Metro based design language. The latest screenshot, leaked on Monday, shows the tiled user interface in greater...

It’s looking like there might be a Windows 8 screen capture feature. It would appear that the new feature will allow users to simply snap desktop screenshots and easily send them to colleagues and friends. That would be more vendors Microsoft would be putting out of business…  

From Windows 8 Secrets co-authors Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott (and Mary Jo Foley) Microsoft is meant to be including a new Windows Phone inspired UI and it’s codename apparently will be Immersive. What is an immersive app? From Mary Jo Foley: An immersive app is one where the navigational elements of the operating...