Default Windows 8 lock screen images are symbolic, meaningful


It turns out the default Windows 8 lock screen pack are not just random pretty images, but are a hidden message from the Windows 8 dev team.

Revealed at the  UX WEEK 2012 presentation, Jensen Harris, Director of Program Management, Windows User Experience, said the  default lock-screen images that shipped in every copy of Windows 8 are actually Easter eggs carefully picked by the design team.

Jensen said , “every one of them was selected as an Easter egg to showcase one of the (design) principles. … Something no one’s going to notice, we’ve encoded the principles of our design language into Windows 8 itself.”

The images mean:

  • Bee hive / Win as one (internal motto) – bees working together to do something greater than just the sum of the parts
  • Colored lines / Authentically digital – the idea of no ornamentation
  • Train / Fast and fluid – beautiful train zooming around the bend into the city
  • Shell / Do more with less – beauty of what you can do with basic shapes that are in nature
  • Piano / pride in craftsmanship – ivory keys of a piano that has been hand carved and polished

The news shows that there is a thoughtfulness in Windows 8 that belies the accusations of user interface experts who claim the Windows 8 dev team have no idea what they are doing.


  • Bob

    Ivory? Really? Disgusting.

    • Derrick

      Piano keys haven’t been made from Ivory for a long time. The 40’s or 50’s. They are still called Ivory because they are white. Oh yea and its a picture Microsoft didn’t make a piano to showcase Windows 8. Brain use it.

      • Bob

        Umm I’m pretty sure they went out and shot a couple of rhinos.

        • Lewis McCrary

          Nonsense. Unicorns obviously.

  • Ferragini

    What about the pictures in the WP7? All of them have numbers, from 1 to 7, except the last one… Explanations?

    • Thor Olav Sørensen

      The pictures on the original Windows Phone 7 was the ones from 1 to 7. With Windows 7.5 came the last picture, of mangoes. Because Windows Phone 7.5 had the codename “Mango”.

  • grs_dev

    To say that thought went into the selection of each image is understandable, but to go as far as calling them Easter eggs? Come on!