(Windows 8’s “Metro” design language)

Many people hate Windows, but this flatter and solid-colored design scheme does become a UI/UX design prevalence (think about iOS 7).  Flat colored “live tiles” were introduced, showing both the contents and the underlying color of apps.

Engadget commented, “Microsoft continues its push towards big, big typography here, providing a sophisticated, neatly designed layout that’s almost as functional as it is attractive.” CNET complimented the design language, saying, “it’s a bit more daring and informal than the tight, sterile icon grids and Rolodex menus of the iPhone and iPod Touch.”