Even with a steady amount of leaks concerning the next version of Windows, the UI of the operating system is still a mystery. This Windows 9 concept tries to nudge us towards a dreamy looking design.

Several designers have imagined the new features and overall look of the upcoming operating system, and this latest set of images comes from IamFrank, showing a refreshed Modern UI with plenty of icons, a new color scheme and lots and lots of transparency.

Oh, and lots and lots of transparency, in case you did not notice the first time around.

It is very appealing, sure, and even though it will not be too hard for Redmond to create something similar, the chances of this happening are very slim — transparent menus and glossy interface elements are not for everyone.

Still, you can take in the delight of this design below. A full gallery of 10 images is available for your viewing please. Simply click on the screenshots to open them up in a larger view.

And although we have heard nothing that corroborates it, but there is every chance that Windows 9 will come with notable changes to the interface. Almost all previous (major) versions of the operating system had their own distinct look that was different from their preceding release.

Till then, Windows 9 concept images like this will tide us through.

What do you folks think of these new concepts? Bold? Too much gloss, too little functionality? Or are there some good elements in the images above that Microsoft could implement.

Fire away!

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  • http://about.me/vernonlvincent Vernon Vincent

    I like the design – very glass-like and cool.

  • Jeremy Bell

    This concept is terrible. There’s a reason Microsoft got rid of all the Aero gloss from Windows 7 – it makes the UI slow on low-end or mobile hardware, and more importantly it’s an unreadable mess.

  • SikSlayer

    Too much gloss.

  • Mike Greenway

    Very pretty, but not usable.

    • Ray C

      How can anything you haven’t tried to use be unusable?

      • Mike Greenway

        The UI all blend together, rather than each item being distinct and easily discernable.

  • JF

    A lot people are going to have problems reading this

  • David Farris

    I am going to have to wait until the “pulled out of someone’s rear” concept is closer to reality. Most likely this was leaked by the competition. It is just a little out there.

  • Mario29

    I’m all in on these. I know they seem to be pretty polarizing, but I am definitely on the positive end of these screenshots. Looks beautiful to me!

  • Sachin C R

    73% off end user prospective will like graphical, animated and usability UI’s Windows 9 images looks awesome implementation they will have an best UI developer compare to testing engineer. I found several unexpected crash in 8.1 it could not be continued in next release make sure OS in stable state until don’t launch. Because its core to every user

  • Ray C

    Looks ok. I guess people will be able to see something soon enough