I’ve been so trained to expect bland, ugly crap from Microsoft and Windows that I’m still a little surprised whenever I see good design from them. But here we are, on the eve of the Windows 8 public beta, with a new metro logo that does away with the flag look that’s been in place since Windows 3.1. It’s bold, simple, and decidedly different from the glossiness of OSX/iOS or the Tron-esque feel of Android.
Apple and Google need to watch out. They may have been the first to the mobile party, but Windows Phone is looking more and more like the best option. With Windows 8 going metro and tablet-friendly, Microsoft is looking to directly compete with the tablet/phone/desktop unity that Apple has had a stranglehold on for so long. I don’t see myself switching from a Mac anytime soon, but if Windows Phone 8 running on multi-core hardware with an HD display is everything it should be, it just might be my next phone.