This is a concept I made based on Microsoft's Metro UI. This concept brings Metro to the desktop and includes something I would love to see in future versions of Windows.Windows - Social Sidebar
A Social Sidebar has been integrated into the desktop, which can be shown or hidden by clicking on the gradient strip on the right-hand side of the sidebar. When opened, you can easily view and interact with any social network you choose. I left Twitter selected as an example. I feel that this would be something nearly every Windows user would make good use of.Windows - Taskbar
The taskbar is mostly the same, and you would have the option to combine applications and hide labels ala Windows 7. I just feel that the expanded text view would better match the Metro design. The Photoshop picture popup represents the preview of that particular window, I left it blank in this concept.Steam - General Information
Also included in this concept is a Metro version of Valve's Steam platform. It basically takes all it's cues from the Zune Software by Microsoft, and follows the exact same design.Steam - Friends List
The friends list is a little mashup of my own that uses a mini picture that the Zune Software uses for the album art to show your friend's avatars. I tried to integrate the side gradient in a feasible way by putting it behind your information making it easily recognized and discernible from your friends. Steam - Chat Window
The chat window is fairly simple, and has the options Steam currently has built-in. You can toggle between multiple conversations by selecting the name of the friend you would like to chat with in the titlebar.
It took a lot of time to make this concept, but I feel that I did a decent job accomplishing my goal; bringing Metro to the desktop while keeping usability in-tact.Note:
Those tweets are not real, regardless of how much I wish they were.