Windows 8 (rumoured to launch in October 2012) will use a new user interface (UI) based on Microsoft's Metro design language. The Metro environment will feature a new tile-based Start screen similar to the Windows Phone operating system.
Moreau and the 11 other managers wanted to give Microsoft's products "a more cohesive -- and alluring -- design". "Drawing inspiration from signs in hubs like the London Underground that use simple symbols to orient travelers, the Metro design uses bright colors and basic shapes to help users navigate phones, tablets and computers" reported Bloomberg today.
Perhaps these will be some of the new Windows 8 warning signs
"Since the advent of the graphical user interface, designers
have tried to help customers understand computers by modeling
graphics on tasks outside the world of technology. That explains
why the icon for discarding files became a trash can, and
Windows began using drop shadows and transparencies to give them
real-world depth. Windows 8 Metro does a complete turn with its
flat squares and lack of shadows and shading."
It will be interesting to see just how much many of the Tube's more familiar signs & icons will have made their way into the new Windows 8 interface. Maybe before you're about delete a file you'll be warned with a large "Mind the Gap" sign complete with booming voice from the Tube's shouty man. Or a large "Danger Risk of Death" sign may appear if you're about to visit a site that may contain a virus.
Any other Tube signs that may be useful to a new Windows operating system much appreciated in the comments!