We know Microsoft is working on Windows 9, but apart from a few scanty details, we do not know what the new version of world's most popular desktop operating system will be like. With so much room left for imagination, it is no wonder that designers see it as a chance to show off their skills. The Internet is filled with concepts of Windows 9 and while they're all great, there is one that stands out.
Created by Finnish designer Jerry Jäppinen, the concept published over at his personal website is not only well-considered and gorgeous, but also fully interactive. The designer took a different approach to the idea of a modern operating system than Microsoft and their legions of programmers. Although his project stays true to the Windows design principles, it also manages to reinvent its structure and build a refined experience from the ground up.
Jerry Jäppinen understands that new technology solutions and users' habits render many current interface paradigms outdated. He sees the desktop as a dynamic space, which the user could take advantage of. In his concept, we can see the start view and windows being arranged horizontally. There are also sleek transparent widgets and live tiles and built-in Metro-style window previews as well as refined settings screen and advanced personalization options.
Visual poetics of Jäppinen's vision of Windows 9 are very simple and minimal. The designer went for transparency and subtle contrasts that highlight the colourful tiles and typography. He's also moved status icons back to the bottom right corner of the screen. Generally speaking, the concept looks very natural and simple.
If you'd like to see it in action, head over to Jäppinen's beautiful website. You will see an interactive demo of the Start screen, which you can scroll left and right, click icons, and see how the interface reacts to clicks and mouse hovers.