Microsoft has been applauded for its new design language in Windows 8. The artist formerly known as Metro hasn’t always looked as beautiful as it does today. Microsoft started working on Windows 8 back in 2010, but we’ve never been able to see what it looked like in previous iterations. A member of Microsoft’s design team spoke at UX Weekly and showed off a little bit of what Windows 8 looked like as a child.
In the mockup images you can see some early designs that look familiar. We can see a Start screen with much more cluttered live tiles, and time and battery indicators next to the user name. The charms bar has a few more options like favorites and music controls. We can also see features like snap view for the first time. The aesthetics look a little different, but the same core ideas are there.
[via The Verge]