How to try the Windows 8 Metro interface free
Microsoft is betting that Windows 8 will put it ahead of the pack, thanks in part to its slick Metro interface. Current Windows users can get a sneak peek into the look and feel of Metro with the free metro7 app.
Windows 8 is still just a promise, except for a few folks with developer's builds. If you want to try out the fabled Metro interface on your computer, there's now a solution. The metro7 app changes the Windows 7 interface to make it look and feel like Metro. Here's how to use it:
- Download and install the app here.
- Start it up. You should see a tiled interface, though it is separate from your desktop.
- Click the arrow in the upper right to set your options, pin programs or Web sites to the tile screen, and more. Experiment! The built-in apps are minimal, but you can get more or add any apps or bookmarks you like.
- You can drag tiles to rearrange them, or drag down to the bottom to trash them.
The app comes loaded with caveats. It's not from Microsoft, so it's all reverse-engineered, which means that the final product is likely to be fairly different. It's also in beta, and while I only experienced one bug (it crashed when I tried to back out of a Facebook screen), it's not perfect. Still, it delivers on its promise, and it's definitely fun to play around with the interface we're all likely to be using in a year or so!
Thanks to MakeUseOf for the link!