Windows 8 to offfer Metro UI as well as the Desktop experience

There were some Windows users who were really worried about Windows 8 offering a Metro style UI only, seeing all the images on the Internet. Well there is good news for all. Windows 8 will offer the Metro style user interface as well as the regular desktop interface which many are so used to.


Microsoft actually started working on Windows 8 during the summer of 2009, well before Windows 7 was shipped. The idea was clear! To reimagine Windows; and yet perform a balancing act.

This in itself was a challenge as it involved  tools, APIs, languages, UI conventions, and even some of the most basic assumptions about a PC.

The result was a Windows 8 with a  new Metro experience—fast and fluid, immersive, beautiful, and app-centric. At the same time Microsoft appears to have realized that people will not want to let go of the familiarity of the Windows 7 way of working – the existing Windows tools and apps, the devices and would definitely want to see them in the next version of Windows too.

We knew as we designed the Windows 8 UI that you can’t just flip a bit overnight and turn all of that history into something new. In fact, that is exactly what some people are afraid of us doing. Some have said that is the only path to take. Yet, even those who have fully embraced tablets also own a laptop for those times when they need more precise control or need to use one of the apps that are mission critical, says Microsoft. Even if we believe that over time many scenarios will be well-served by Metro style apps, for the foreseeable future, the desktop is going to continue to play a key role in many people’s lives.

Microsoft is definitely betting on the Metro UI, but if you see value in the Desktop experience, you can switch to it easily and instantly. Effectively, you now have to think of the Windows desktop as just another app!

So in short, if you want to, you can seamlessly switch between Metro style apps and the improved Windows desktop. Existing apps, devices, and tools all remain and are improved in Windows 8. On the other hand, if you prefer to immerse yourself in only Metro style apps (and platform) and the new user experience, you can do that as well!

And if you want to stay permanently immersed in that Metro world, you will never see the desktop; Windows  won’t even load the code  unless you explicitly choose to opt for the desktop experience.

This is Windows reimagined!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. He enjoys following and reporting Microsoft news and developments in the world of Personal Computing & Social Media.


  1. jon kimm

    this is horrible.

  2. Hoppy

    This is whats wrong with Windows 8, its trying to be a touch driven OS that will act as a traditional desktop OS!
    Here is your new metro interface (probably best to have a bucket handy before you boot it for the first time) that’s useless on a desktop.
    But don’t worry, you can revert to your old desktop at any time!!!!
    Eh,,,so whats the point of me upgrading from 7 which is my current OS that runs my legacy apps, is stable, relatively new and secure?
    Well,8 uses less resources, has an app store and a new interface..
    My pc has enough to power 7, i have plenty of options for software and the new interface looks like my 4 yr old son designed it….
    I also have concerns that 8 might not run my old apps, come to think of it, will legacy apps not be pretty useless on a touch OS thats geared up for new light apps.

    MS have forgot what their core users actually do with Windows, Windows and Office are MS cash cows so would it not be sensible to continue their recent success with 7 and make a bumper desktop OS that people will want.
    If they want to break the tablet market then making a OS that’s designed for a tablet might be a good place to start.
    Apple won the tablet battle by producing a proper tablet OS, Apple would sacrifice the Mac for tablets but MS could never ditch Windows `in the same way as Windows is their bread and butter.

    MS scored well with the Windows phone, they made a OS designed for a phone so it worked.
    So why the hell did they not do the same for the tablet and design a light OS from scratch.
    For desktops they should continue the good work from 7, there are plenty of areas to develop Windows further and give their traditional customers a bumper new desktop OS and Office product.

    Instead they have went down this route of combining both into a freak OS that needs much development to match their claims.
    They boast it will run on low powered ARM machines, so where are they and will they be able to run all Windows features or will some Windows features be disabled.
    8 uses less resources, will it still be so lean after i add my old programs loaded with 7’s code to it, will they work at all?
    These are only a few problems and it already looks like a repeat performance of ME which was also useless at supporting older software.

    Windows 8 will be ignored by desktop users and will fail to impress tablet users..

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