A Look at Windows 8’s Welcome Screen

By  |  Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 6:01 pm

This leaked welcome screen for Windows 8 isn’t itself a huge development, but it does offer some hints about where Microsoft is headed with its PC operating system.

If you’ve ever seen a Windows Phone 7 handset, the fonts in the image above should look familiar. Within Windows, the blog that first published the welcome screen, says users will only be able to modify the background image (so you won’t be stuck staring at that creepy dude).

That’s not surprising. We’ve heard rumors that the tile-based interface that debuted in Windows Phone 7 will play a role in Windows 8 as well, so it follows that Microsoft would look to enforce common design elements among all of its products.

Also, Microsoft has already said that Windows 8 will run on tablets, and this welcome screen, Within Windows reports, will let touch screen devices log on using a pattern.  The screen may also gain other controls for things like audio.

Within Windows says it will deliver a long series of posts on Windows 8 features.



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9 Comments For This Post

  1. IcyFog Says:

    But Ballmer already said Windows 7 runs fine on tablets. He did say that right?

  2. I.M. Thepipe Says:

    I think it's time for Crtl-Alt-Delete to change. Why doesn't MS phase in a simpler sequence like say tapping the Control key 3 times?

  3. SirFatty Says:

    I thought that interface was developed for the Zune?

  4. Dave Barnes Says:

    Uh, Poissons d'Avril.

  5. imaxxhd Says:

    i think it looks great, integrating tablet components into an Operating system, things working harmoniously with eachother , nice.

  6. Max Says:

    I.M. Thepipe: Because they would also need to change the combination used to bring up the windows security screen.

    The whole point of making you press the combination is so no one can write a ‘fake login screen’ application and trick people into entering their details.
    If you are not truly at the login screen, pressing the combination will bring up the system-reserved windows security menu and expose the trickery.

    It also needs to be a combination that will never come up for any other purpose (intentionally or accidentally) so needs to be ‘unusual’.

  7. Bob Bowen Says:

    I don't want that "thing" on my desktop, pleae.

  8. Pace Says:

    For some reason I seem to be the only one to notice the April First Date on this "Leaked" Welcome screen with an additional joker present! 😉

  9. Video maker Says:

    I think Windows 8 will rock the market ! I have listen a lot about it and it seems that it will be awesome. 🙂