Inspired by Microsoft's recent fancy of the Metro UI that is seen in their products such as Zune and Windows Phone 7.
Includes new features, such as a tabbed ribbon interface for managing applications, a new control swipe-out that gives you access to your laptop's main functions, and a simple, easy to see (and read) interface that is really easy to navigate around.
Login Screen The login screen has been changed in such a way it is no longer what I like to call "wacko". Before, there was too many colors, wacky arrows, lines and crazy-ass pixels everywhere, and although it wasn't hard to read, it needed help. I simplified it down to "Select name, enter password (or use facial recognition or finger scan), and press enter". No nonsense stuff right there.
The Main Desktop The main desktop has been changed in such a way that in a way it is almost unrecognizable (not considering the Windows start button logo). All the applications are now accessed via the swipeBar or the start menu. The taskbar has now been named the mixBar, because of it's mix of uses and functionality. The swipeBar is the slide out of icons seen in the latter two photos in the bottom right.
Metro is a design language. When most people use Metro, they are rather consistent (apart from some spacing, or the irregular font usage). They use sharp, straight lines, flat digital slates, and no drop shadows. Why? Because curves, gradients and shadows have been so ill used over the past two decades that we need a shepherd to deliver us through the valley of drop-shadows. But not you. You don't use Metro the same way others have. You use all the elements that Metro very justifiably tries to deny and run away from. Yet, your design is so good. So incredibly well made and sensible and clear and simple and all things that Metro wants to achieve. This just goes to show that it's not what you use, but how you use it that matters. Congratulations good sir, you have rekindled my faith in the future of computing interfaces. There is hope for us all.