Published on August 5th, 2011 | by sainikbiswas


Windows 8 Metro UI in Windows 7?

The Present and the future Windows 7 & Windows 8

Mosaic Windows 8 Edition is an open source application that brings the Windows 8 Metro UI to your Windows 7 desktop. It is a set of live widgets that shows some content from the web or from your PC. Currently the project website states that the Metro UI supports HTML5 & WPF widgets. You need to have Windows 7 and Dot Net Framework 4 installed in order to run the software.

This date time page is displayed when you click the lock widget in Mosaic Metro UI

Mosaic features Windows 8 Metro UI functionality in the form of widgets. By default, you will get to see only the time widget on the desktop. To add the provided widgets, move your mouse to the right side of the screen and click Widgets and then select the widgets you like to the desktop widget list. The Options window will let you toggle widget animation On/Off and enable full screen mode.

There are different widgets for accessing your photos, control panel, videos, Gmail, twitter, etc. The options menu will allow you to configure your Gmail, twitter username and passwords. The Videos page plays the video in Windows Media Player when you click any video on the page. Clicking on the photos widget opens the folder in Windows Explorer where the picture which is displayed in the photos widget is located.

Clicking on the left side on the screen shows all the open application in taskbar in thumbnail view. Clicking the thumbnail maximizes the application. This software is currently in alpha stage and can be unstable. For more information regarding the project please visit

Here is the direct download link  for Windows 8 Mosaic.


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