Microsoft shows off new Metro Start Menu for Win8

We all know Microsoft is embracing Metro UI on Xbox and the upcoming Windows 8--the question is what form will their iconographic, non-chrome UI take?

In a video posted on Microsoft's "Building Windows 8" blog, we can clearly see their newly designed Start Menu, which is completely flat/non-3D, uses our familiar Metro icons along with simple text using a high contrast color scheme. In addition, we see some type of gadget to the left displaying the time, date and various system stats.

Compared to the Start Menu on Windows 7, the new Metro-style Win 8 screen looks simple and elegant--exactly what we're expecting from Microsoft now on.

Source: Building Windows 8 (opens in new tab); via WithinWindows

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • That looks completely misplaced! And where is all the stuff?Thats a very short start meny. And wasn't the Start menu going to be replaced with the Start-page?So many questions. cant wait for Build...
  • Hope this is a joke.I love both the Metro UI and Aero UI, but they just don't work together.
  • This isn't the Start Menu.It is more likely a middle-click menu as it shows the same options that you get in the ARM tablet demo that we saw last month.There was a different looking Start menu shown at the end of the video here
  • The strat page is way better than the new start menu..intuitive !!
  • I'm sure they're going to be adding your programs and such into the start menu.As for the "widget" in the screenshot to the right, that's clearly two different screens. I would wager that's the new clock popup...
  • In theory I like the Metro UI on the phone. In practice it is kind of bland and blah.Really not sure how well it will work on the desktop. We'll all need to get our hands on it and use it for a bit to see how well it actually works.So far the experience I've had as a developer and as a user has been that Metro is of HUGE importance to Microsoft folks, either employees or devotees, but everyone else has expressed either neutral or negative views of it.I have to say that in practice I fall into the neutral category. I love the logic and thinking that went into it, but much like a joke that has been explained, the enjoyment of it is a different matter...
  • Don't get me wrong, I still like my wp7 phone the most of all the phones I've ever owned. If for no other reason than Plants vs Zombies works very well on it... I'm just not at all sure the experience will translate to the PC well. Hence my statements that we will have to get our hands on it to know how well it works.
  • I predict a whole lotta backlash if this hits the Windows 8 desktop. Such a radical departure from what people have been used to the past 15 years.
  • I've got to be honest I think that looks terrible. I love my WP7 phone but I think I'll be sticking to Windows 7 for my pc on this evidence.
  • Sometimes you have to take a risk for a reward. Microsoft has taken alot of risks with Windows in the past and have reaped immense rewards. Lately they've been complacent and need to make up for it. I feel that even if it isn't widely "successful" that it will help them learn and also improve themselves. Plus Win7 seems like a decent fallback.