The Metro UI to Bring a Unified Experience on Microsoft’s Platforms

Elements of the interface have been included in Visual Studio 2012 as well

  TechEd EMEA 2012
Windows 8's Metro UI will soon take over most of Microsoft's products, including cloud platforms, services and developer tools.

Windows 8's Metro UI will soon take over most of Microsoft's products, including cloud platforms, services and developer tools.

In fact, some design elements from the Metro UI already made their way into a series of these products, although not the entire UI can be seen on them.

However, the main focus is on bringing them in line with the design philosophy of Windows 8, the company confirmed during a press conference following the first day keynote at TechEd EMEA 2012.

“We love the Metro UI,” said Brad Anderson, corporate vice president, Management & Security Division during the event.

“We're aiming at providing the same experience across products, including Windows Phone, Windows and Xbox.”

Microsoft was already known to focus on the Metro UI, and now we know for sure that its cloud platforms, as well as developer tools such as Visual Studio, will be aligned under it.

Through bringing the same interface to more products, the Redmond-based software giant is aiming at delivering a fluid, consistent experience to all of its customers.

By redesigning the developers tools to come in line with the visual language of Windows 8, Microsoft is aiming at providing a new, better experience to application builders as well.

“People will either love it or hate it,” Brad Anderson also stated. In the end, however, they will have to accept the change.

Apparently, network administrators and IT managers already showed positive response to the changes that have been included in Windows Server 2012.

Some of the UI elements from Metro were spotted in the presentation of new capabilities in Windows Azure and Windows Server 2012, a clear indicator that the new design philosophy is indeed being applied to more products than just Windows 8.

Visual Studio 2012, however, will include only some elements from the interface, in an attempt to allow the tools to breathe new life and improve the overall experience developers receive from it.

However, things will go no further than what was already shown in Visual Studio 2012 RC, Jason Zander, corporate vice president, Visual Studio confirmed to Softpedia during a briefing.

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