Will Windows 8 eventually drop the acid colours from Metro?

It is interesting to watch what i would call Microsoft’s renaissance – in the French language interpretation of it. It is not yet clear if the markets (consumers!) are wholeheartedly responding. But the telling signs are multiple in my opinion, the first sign for me is a combination of the following:

  • when I saw the first preview of Windows Phone 7
  • the developer tools group’s genuine embrace of open source
  • the work they are doing with the programming languages, think F#, what their language designers say these days
  • the very impressive Azure product line
  • and the first develop preview of Windows 8

I like the general user experience of Metro Style UI. The one thing I haven’t warmed up to yet is the acid colours, those colours are “too loud” to my taste. That would be my single criticism for now. I hope there would be a way to tone that down when it eventually ships.

An iOS UI overhaul beckons

I was looking at the sharing-bookmarking menu of Safari on my iPhone, clearly Facebook is going to be in here at some stage, perhaps one other. But the problem is that there is no room left. So, either Apple won’t expand the feature, which I doubt, or they’d have to redesign it, which I’m inclined to think. My guess would then be, away with the drop down menu concept, a new slider (up/down, left/right) would be much nicer and scale better. Would that be too radical?