If you don’t like spending your time under a rock then you must have heard about Windows 8 Developers Preview by now. That’s it, the upcoming Windows operating system from software giant. One of the new things about Windows 8 is its Metro UI, which has been under a lot of love and hate discussion since the release of Windows 8 Developer’s Preview. Some stated the OS is doomed as the Metro UI is more suited for tablets and less for desktops, but we can’t comment until the final release. Microsoft has also done away with some other useful features that we all know and used to. If you really like the Metro UI but don’t want to leave Windows 7 just for the sake of UI change, you can now enjoy Windows 8 Metro interface in Windows 7, too. How? By using Instant Beautiful Browsing. IBB is an open source project aimed at developing a workspace that includes applications such as multi-view browser, clock, weather app, store and links to other applications in a eye-candy Metro User Interface. Its aimed at people who absolutely adore the new Windows 8 look. Although still under development cycle, it seems to have much potential. We went ahead to see whether its gonna quench the thirst of Metro UI aficionados.
After installation, Instant Beautiful Browsing (or IBB) can be easily accessed from a desktop shortcut just like any other application. It takes over your computer screen and replaces the stock Windows 7 interface with the beautiful Metro UI. The application has Metro tiles akin to that of Windows 8 and set by default for Weather, Clock, Browser, Gmail, Shop, Music etc. You can click a tile to access the attached application. Customization freaks will be delighted to know that you can also edit the tiles yourself to add and remove new applications. There is also a search bar at the top.
For instance, click Clock or Weather to view the Metro clock in both analog and digital time formats or the current Weather of your location.
Similarly, the Shop tile lets you change your user status, pin sites to Pinner, view your Google Docs, add and apply themes from Theme Center, etc.
Please note that Instant Beautiful Browsing is under development and some of the tiles and options might be buggy at the moment. Meanwhile, you can also check out how to get Windows 8 style Metro start screen in Windows 7 using Metro7.