01-04-2014 09:52 AM
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  1. Jazmac's Avatar
    Seriously, why would you think that? WWhat other same actions have ms done? Honest question. This 3d cube thing seems like a natural step in design. Anything else would break WP UI entirely.
    I don't yet know what to make of it. Currently the tiles flip. Could more corners be added? Of course. Based on the amount of information most people have the time to glean from what we have currently, a third, forth, fifth and sixth sided tile makes no sense at this point. The only thing I can imagine is a clock flipping the time. I don't object to it however. I'm just taking a wait and see posture.
    11B1P likes this.
    01-01-2014 02:55 AM
  2. Nokia Boy's Avatar
    How im suppose to spin around this cube...btw its horrible idea i think...
    01-01-2014 03:31 AM
  3. nocial's Avatar
    Looks interesting.
    11B1P and sumton like this.
    01-01-2014 03:33 AM
  4. taymur's Avatar
    Tiles worked like windows, I mean real windows, you look through them to get a glance of info and the overall effects worked as opening and closing a window.

    Now I'm afraid, this is out of the theme direction, looks like the windows team lost their design director.
    01-01-2014 03:48 AM
  5. 5150 Joker's Avatar
    This could turn out to be really nice if done right with proper animations/transitions or a complete disaster depending on how MS handles it. I do hope the cubes are re-sizable.
    snowmutt likes this.
    01-01-2014 03:56 AM
  6. greedypnguin's Avatar
    What if you were trying to scroll down your start screen, but instead kept spinning the cubes? Also if it was like this on windows phone, then it would have to be like this for windows and I sure as hell am not using my mouse with these cubes
    snowmutt likes this.
    01-01-2014 06:08 AM
  7. buxz777's Avatar
    as other users have said its a natraul progression of the tile system and makes sense to me , you look at a cube head on its a tile , now the user could press the tile and then spin it for more info of the app or to enter a different part of the app , if you think about it , this could be used quite effectively and still be polished and simple if done right and wouldn't be moving far away from the ui now but adding more to it like apple have done over the years with ios etc

    as other users have pointed out a cube has 6 sides so if an app is programmed to use the cube tile you could get 5 more functions out of a tile , 5 more shortcuts out of one tile would be very effective if done right and like I said it offers the o/s more functionality , it would be a bit like sailfish o/s and the way open apps can be interacted with on the home screen , sailfish only supports 2 methods with interacting with an app this new cube method could present a total of 6 interactions with an app from the home screen ...... seems great to me ;-)

    greedypnguin I am sure you would have to interact with the tile before spinning it to prevent accidental spins of the cube , a simple 1 tap to activate tile then spin to use cube then press to enter the cube section you want would work well and avoid accidental spins ;-) all that would change is if you want to enter the 1st screen of the cube like you would a tile at the minute you double tap that tile ;-) this way you wouldn't even have to use the cube system if you didn't want to and could use it like normal windows 8 ui like you do at the minute but just double tap the tile to open it or single tap and spin it , it offers users who want more exactly this and users like who who don't exactly that if you think about it buddy ;-)
    snowmutt, Dadstar0410 and Ek-Balam like this.
    01-01-2014 06:53 AM
  8. gsquared's Avatar
    That concept was first introduced several years ago. I believe it was made by a WP7 user.
    01-01-2014 07:34 AM
  9. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    Tiles are flat. Cubes are flat when seen head-on. Therefore, you have cubes made of tiles.

    I'm just hoping that this paves the way for live tiles becoming widgets, and more information being shown on them. Last time I checked, cubes have six faces, after all.
    , aren't the large sized tiles the exact same thing as a widget anyway. Now that I think about it. Tiles are essentially much more attractive versions of widgets with more functionality or potential functionality.
    01-01-2014 08:15 AM
  10. Microsoftjunkie's Avatar
    , aren't the large sized tiles the exact same thing as a widget anyway. Now that I think about it. Tiles are essentially much more attractive versions of widgets with more functionality or potential functionality.
    The first part, not so much. Widgets allow for toggles and direct actions on that widget. Our tiles do not, but tiles do hold more potential, especially if this cube thing comes to fruition.
    01-01-2014 09:26 AM
  11. Microsoftjunkie's Avatar
    This is horrible! Flat design>>>
    Who said this isnt flat? Even based on the patent pictures, still leads me to believe that they are still flat.
    snowmutt and sumton like this.
    01-01-2014 09:29 AM
  12. manicottiK's Avatar
    It's just a patent filing -- Microsoft submits thousands a year. There may be no intention to use it or to use it in this form.
    snowmutt and Adryx like this.
    01-01-2014 09:31 AM
  13. snowmutt's Avatar
    It's just a patent filing -- Microsoft submits thousands a year. There may be no intention to use it or to use it in this form.

    Yeah, I was about to post that. I think it was "All About Microsoft" That did an article last year about Microsofts R&D budget being more then what some counties make, like in the billions.

    Still, put me down in the "cautiously optimistic" crowd. I like the concept. It opens up a whole world of options to use live tiles in. Besides, WP doesn't force you to use live tiles or Rooms right now, they are options you can take advantage of. Surley a "cube" UI would allow for tiles to be postioned on one cube only, thereby keeping the flat tile UI of WP now.
    01-01-2014 09:50 AM
  14. hopmedic's Avatar
    Here's what I was thinking of when I thought of Windows Mobile - I had this for my Touch Pro II. Not the same, but the patent filing reminded me of this.
    01-01-2014 10:59 AM
  15. hopmedic's Avatar
    As for the new filing and what it may mean, I'll take a wait and see approach. It all depends on implementation. If it happens at all. As was said, MS files many patents a year, and many of them don't become anything.
    01-01-2014 11:00 AM
  16. Twitter@Firas_MD's Avatar
    No, please don't... I love it the way it is now.
    01-01-2014 11:13 AM
  17. sumton's Avatar
    i really like this idea and i hope to see it as soon as possible
    01-01-2014 11:34 AM
  18. Shawn Magm's Avatar
    Live cubes. Great. Maybe the next thing is some other rotating polyhedron.
    01-01-2014 12:42 PM
  19. Blu3V3nom07's Avatar
    Eep! I would love that..:D
    01-01-2014 02:54 PM
  20. Quhi's Avatar
    Live cubes. Great. Maybe the next thing is some other rotating polyhedron.
    tesseract*
    snowmutt likes this.
    01-01-2014 03:00 PM
  21. greedypnguin's Avatar
    Isn't the tesseract from the avengers movie?
    01-01-2014 03:47 PM
  22. despertador's Avatar
    The patent pictures do make it look terrible, haha.
    01-01-2014 04:04 PM
  23. tgp's Avatar
    , aren't the large sized tiles the exact same thing as a widget anyway. Now that I think about it. Tiles are essentially much more attractive versions of widgets with more functionality or potential functionality.
    No, not even close. Widgets allow for interacting with the applicable data without opening the app. You can scroll through emails or photo albums directly in the widget. Or you can directly toggle settings such as WiFi, mobile data, screen rotation, bluetooth, and airplane mode without going to their location in the Settings menu.
    Last edited by tgp; 01-01-2014 at 05:23 PM.
    01-01-2014 04:26 PM
  24. Mr Lebowski's Avatar
    I hope they make a cube phone,
    01-01-2014 04:26 PM
  25. BrandonTeoh's Avatar
    I don't know about you, but Tom Warren did released a YouTube video showing how the old Windows Mobile UI become Windows Phone 8, one of them have a cube spinning.

    Watch until the 0:06 mark or just look for the white background.
    01-01-2014 06:37 PM
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