Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Microsoft explains WP 8 Lock, Home screen design decisions

updated 08:39 pm EST, Sun November 4, 2012

Behind-the-scenes explain choices in Windows Phone UI

Microsoft has explained its thinking behind the Windows Phone 8 Lock screen and the home screen. Two company blog posts explain the processes behind the two screens, why the changes from what were established in Windows Phone 7.5 were made, as well as some other behind-the-scenes commentary.

The Start screen post talks about how the design team opted for a four-column layout as opposed to three or five, and how the customizable live tile options came about. The increase in "negative space" compared to iOS and Android is intended to focus the user on the content rather than the design aesthetics on display.

The Lock screen has been updated be customizable through settings menus. Notification priorities for individual applications can be set, as well as allowing Apps to take control over the lock screen background, such as a photo from a top news story or an image from a Facebook album.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

SMS Audio Sync Sport on-ear headphones

When hitting the gym or going out for a trail run, headphones can cause a number of problems. From the ear buds getting slimy with swe ...

Adesso Xtream S3B Bluetooth speaker

Finding a speaker purpose-built for a specific need is challenging. Even when a Bluetooth speaker can be paired with a mobile device, ...

JBL Synchros E40BT headphones

For all the different configurations of headphones on the market, it's always a tough choice for buyers to get something that is just ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News