Metro UI. For all we know will be an integral part of the Windows 8 operating system. Part of Metro UI is a tile based design that you may have seen on one of the new Windows phones or on a screenshot of the new operating system. The tile based design is controversial, and it is not clear how it will be implemented in the new operating system.
Windows 7 users who like the idea of adding tiles to their operating system for easier access to features, information and programs can now download and run a program called Pulmon which brings the design to the Windows 7 operating system.
Pulmon is currently offered as a beta version. Make sure you create a backup of your important files before you run the program. While we did not experience any issues on our systems, it is still important to have the means to recover the OS if you should experience some on yours.
The program displays the available tiles in the upper half of the interface on first start. All tiles there are currently not displayed on the desktop. A click moves them to the lower half of the interface, and at the same time on the desktop. You can now move the tile freely on the desktop until you find a suitable location for it.
Here is a list of supported tiles in this version of Pulmon. The developer has made an announcement to add more features and tiles in future versions of the program.
- Internet Explorer, Control Panel, Users – Open
- Date and Time
- System State – Shutdown, Restart, Hibernate and Lock
- Webby – Tech site links
- System Information
Pulmon needs to be running in the background. When you close the application, the tiles disappear as well. The biggest issues currently are the lack of customizations and the small selection of tiles available.
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The program is compatible with all 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 versions. (via)