New bubble interface for Windows 8?

February 26, 2011

The video above is A concept shown by Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer.

It shows a new “bubble” interface that Microsoft has been working on that is interesting.


Bubbles are auto-generated in various categories (personal, entertainment, gaming, etc.) and can also be created by a user.  Clicking on a bubble brings up a program or interaction item.  For example clicking on a bubble for an upcoming flight will display alternate flight times with weather-based probability for delays.  Users could use the interface to switch their flight, should the desire.

….With Apple looking to make its next version of OS X, Lion, greatly reinvented and more “iOS-like”, Microsoft might be trying a bit of the same.  Whether the new interface shows up in Windows 8, or Windows 9, perhaps, it appears like it will dramatically alter the way we interact with our desktops and laptops.

It would definitely be “risky” to place the shown UI in Windows 8; as such an interface would take a major adjustment from users and would bring certain new hardware requirements to the table (for all its fancy animations).  But the upside is that it looked extremely innovative and could allow users to gain access to the information they want most, much faster than they can currently in Windows 7.

I’m not sold that Microsoft would go in this direction for Windows 8 but I wouldn’t be surprised if they showed a sneak peek of this within the operating system.

In my mind, the transition from the conventional Windows OS to this would be too wide to make immediately.

No one is crazy enough to risk the entire Windows franchise…

We’ll have to wait and see.

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Mike Johnson is a writer for The Redmond Cloud - the most comprehensive source of news and information about Microsoft Azure and the Microsoft Cloud. He enjoys writing about Azure Security, IOT and the Blockchain.

All Comments

  • that’s cute. hahahahahaha. its there any sounds effects? >.<

    greetings from Malaysia,

    Michael March 9, 2011 2:19 pm Reply
  • I think that this kind of UI will be used for a ‘windows media center’ or perhaps: ‘windows social center’ ? I hope for a kinect-like control for this!


    marc3l March 9, 2011 3:27 pm Reply
  • I dont like it, i think its pointless, I have to agree with marc3l, they will probably integrate this into windows social or media center, this might work on xbox if they create a social center there and integrate this with kinetic. It might work nicely on tablets?

    xinu March 12, 2011 2:52 pm Reply
  • Interesting interface for sure. To me, it looks more like a mobile App; for a smartphone, or tablet.
    I think it might play well in that environment.
    And it might be ok in a PC/MAC environment, since those OSs are quickly embracing the look and feel of mobile Apps.

    zenphx March 15, 2011 4:47 pm Reply
  • I’m not a fan of the bubble UI. I saw a Nokia phone demoed with it, and it just looked sloppy. Too much graphic intensity – it’s just asking for lagginess.

    Who knows, though, maybe it’ll work.

    Casey Friday March 28, 2011 11:41 am Reply

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