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Microsoft: Windows 8 UI was designed before Apple launched iPad

By Emil · 16 replies
Jun 16, 2011
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  1. Microsoft says it started working on the Windows 8 user interface before Apple had even launched its first iPad. The insinuation is that Redmond's tile layout, which will be a…

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  2. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    That's why Apple's R&D is almost non existent and their product development team is their R&D. That's why Apple never shows (at least for the last decade) proof of concepts or pre-rendered product concepts. What they announce and show are working products that will be available to the public.

    It doesn't matter when the Win8 UI was conceived it matters when it will ship, I'm sure people will adopt it I'm just not a fan of it being a hybrid with the old school windows UI.
  3. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    As long as its customizable I'm not worried.

    As far as who did it first, I don't recall car buffs arguing about who introduced the intermittent wiper or power brakes first, some things just become standard because through natural selection they are the best tool for the job.

    Apple certainly had no trouble adopting a lot of features "inspired" by other OSs in their last update, and a lot of iOS users seem to happy with them, regardless of their origin.

    I guess only the die hards would eschew using a mouse with two buttons.
  4. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +95

    Additionally gwail, it doesn't matter who introduced something first, e.g. Lancia was the 1st car company to sell a car with a Turbo Charged and Super Charged engine, they were the first company to sell road cars with V6 engine, they were first car company to sell a car with retractable rear spoiler ............they did many other firsts, but I wonder if anyone remember them now. :rolleyes:
  5. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    I could be blind but how does the win 8 UI resemble the iPad, or did I read it wrong, seriously how can anyone "insinuate" that the win 8 UI is similar to that of the iPad's, i just don't see it.
  6. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    Thor is AWESOME! :)
  7. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Isn't that what I said. =)
  8. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +95

    I only made it obvious, as you and mario pretty much summarized what came to my mind after reading this article.

    By the way Lancia sold many of most beautiful cars of its time (at least when they were independent car maker) ...... despite being rubbish :evil:. Now I wonder how I ended up praising and demonizing them in one sentence. :D
  9. I agree with you.
    The "new" windows 8 GUI is just plain ugly anyway.
    I don't understand the excitement.
    And those poor .NET and Silverlight developers won't be needed anymore...

    What is Microsoft doing?
  10. Tiles: the most advanced user interface feature ever made!
  11. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 612

    uhh... this is a mistake and thats a picture of windows 8 MOBILE... RIGHT?

    at this rate i'm going back to MSDOS.
  12. example1013

    example1013 TS Enthusiast Posts: 265

    This is the Windows 8 for Kids UI...right? All those pretty colors and big buttons. Windows 8 for grown-ups will be something more useful...I hope.
  13. raybk

    raybk TS Rookie Posts: 31

    Oh, really?
    Hey! I have the design of Windows in mind before Microsoft develops Windows. Do you trust me? LOL
  14. Seriously. It's a table. No big deal. That's just like people saying how great the *****Phone layout is. They're just pieces of content put in a logical table format. I don't think R&D was really necessary here, and no one should be bragging about who was first to do it.

    And I'm sure this whole UI is just a touchscreen subsection of Win8. Just like Windows media center has its own GUI. Close it down and you can go back to running your real programs. There's no way MS would stop supporting .net and other languages in windows.
  15. example1013

    example1013 TS Enthusiast Posts: 265

    But if they're not making any changes to the "real" UI, why do I want this as a desktop product?
  16. JudaZ

    JudaZ TS Enthusiast Posts: 284

    ...well currently they are trying to destroy Nokia..

    ..and yes the tiles and the U is plain ugly .. I totally agree.
  17. The Apple iPAD UI was designed before Apple launched iPad.


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