Windows Phone 7 Series “Metro” book giveaway

From last week’s Microsoft’s MIX10 conference I got my hands on a dozen copies of the Windows Phone 7 Series “Metro” book (still with that new-book smell) ready to give away.

With a word count and font-size comparable to most childrens’ storybooks, this is the perfect read for those who aren’t particularly fond of thick books like myself. There are 47 pages of thrilling backstory uncovering what is Metro and where it came from, complex character development of Anna and Miles, and something every book should have; pictures, lots of pictures.

Here’s your chance to own one of 12 early copies of what is set to top this year’s best-seller list. To enter,

  • Submit at least one comment to this post (only one counts)
  • Please ensure you use a real email address so I can contact you
  • Be a resident of United States of Anywhere in the world
  • Entries close 31 March 2010 AEST

Entries now closed. Winners will be notified soon.

392 insightful thoughts

  1. This book looks nearly as good as the Windows Phone 7 itself…maybe I can use it instead of my Android phone :-) …if I win one?!

  2. Wha..? “Be a resident of United States of Anywhere in the world”? I don’t seem to quite get what’s meant by that?

  3. Dear Long Zheng,

    Just happened uppon your page from the Geosense page, which I got to from Within Windows, which I go to from… All great pages, interesting info. Now bookmarked.

    I’m a Wintel server guy that doesn’t work with Windows Mobile devices but I’ve (ab)used them for my own purposes since Windows CE 2.0. Would love to read the book.

    Cheers,
    Paul

  4. Looks like a great book – plus I travel on the Metro (over/underground railway) most days here in the North East of England in the UK so could read a Metro design guide on the Metro!

  5. Sweet, count me in, I really like Metro and the book will be an excellent addition to what I hope will be a large collection of Metro products.

    At least with this I can copy and paste it thanks to my photocopier and pritt stick.

  6. Hey there – Early WinPhone Adopter here (Dev-wise) for both, Silverlight and XNA. I dig the Metro Style, though 1.) there are some important controls missing from the current CTP, like the “Metro-Style” Panorama control and 2.) that my HD2 won’t be upgradeable after all. I’d like to own a book please :)

  7. Great competition Long.
    I hope none of the pages are dog eared!
    Please send me a copy over to the UK!

  8. It would be nice to receive a free book for once, especially one this exclusive. My Amazon Cart is getting heavier to push again; all those (pricey) textbooks to cover for next quarter…and this would make a perfect treat :)

  9. Damn, tried to get one at MIX but they were all gone by the time I got to the Commons!

  10. Nice one, I only want one copy!

    One question about WP7S, would it offer same integration with my live account as google does on their Android. i.e. IMAP access to e-mails, Calendars, photos and skydrive etc.?

  11. Oh, how much I would love to have this. Aside from the story, it would be a fun coffee table book.

  12. Loyal Windows Mobile / Phone fan (still running a HP h6365 with WM 2003 SE) and looking forward to getting a WP7S phone, I would love this.

  13. Thank you Long for making this competition available to the USAnywhere!

    ps. Are you going to consider writing for Windows Phone 7?

  14. Hmmmmm, I looove the smell of a new book in the morning….and it looks nice too. I’d happily adopt one of these.

  15. I have been amazed of everything I’ve seen so far and to see this in reality would be really really cool….

  16. Count me in. Recently switched from WinMo 6.0 to Android 1.5, but already planning to switch to this as soon as I can.

  17. A well designed and printed book of clean typography, smart photography and pictograms that exude simplicity; from a company once described as tasteless? Count me in! :)

  18. That would be great to have.
    I’m not directly a Metro-addict or totally insane about the style as they’ve written the book; but it looks very good and promising!

  19. What’s make the book a “must have” is the reason why it has been created, i think that Windows Phone 7 is going to change our lives and part of the change is in that book too, that’s why i love to receive one copy.

  20. Nice contest Long.
    Count me in please! I simply love design books like this and couldn’t make it to MIX10.

  21. Interesting, im planning to do some winpone7 dev work, so that books would be really interesting to look though.

  22. Beyond the tongue-in-cheek jesting at what many may consider as a book full of design rhetoric, I would find this an excellent addition to my collection of various corporate branding paraphernalia. In fact, I have a design teacher at my alma mater that I’d like to share this with for her corporate branding class.

    Further, the design mantra of the Metro visual brand is at the intersection of all my interests (as alluded to in a comment on an earlier post http://bit.ly/9W8V5V): geekery, graphic design, typography, transit, and clear and simple design that communicates well, is transparent, functional, and beautiful.

  23. As we have a ton of entries already and its unlikely that all the people here who want the book will get one. Would it be possible to scan it to PDF so developers/designers likes myself who are building app’s can get to understand Metro better :)

    That would be so awesome!

  24. I’m a huge microsoft fan and love the look of these books. Which goes without saying, I will be purchasing a new Windows Phone 7 series the day they release. Let’s show those iPhone guys Microsoft can create a popular phone too! Love your site. I hope I’m lucky enough to win one of your books!

  25. Can wait to start building apps for it :) Metro is not only a word that has the meaning of fast and in motion.. It has the same meaning in most of the languages for instance in Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and most of the languages it means Transportation and i hope this “transportation” can lead us to develop great apps :)

  26. Ppppppllllleeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaassssssssssssssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee?
    I would have copy & pasted it several times but….

  27. Once upon a time, there was a ubiquitous phone with orchardy beginnings. This phone tempted the little girl geek from Redmond. Should she bite the forbidden fruit? Should she wait for the 7th day when all was good? She waits. She wants the book, please.

  28. I was supposed to be there and missed it because of a stupid project, I’d love to get my hands on this!

  29. Some people will do anything for comments! Others will do anything for a book! I fall into the second category!

  30. Count me in! I’m already a fan of your blog, but your giveaways add a whole new level of awesome! If only I could win something. Why do I never win anything? Not even at my University’s cheap little residence hall raffle my freshman year…

  31. You had me intrigued at “new book smell.” I would really like a copy of this book, and a free one would be even better. I’d be willing to read it and review it if that makes a difference.

  32. I’d prefer you to teach me your amazing website building skills, i’m still only just starting to learn CSS :P But yes, a book would be lovely, pretty please? :)

    Danny.

  33. This would be perfect as I’m trying to replicate the “metro” ux for a website I’m designing for a class, solely in html+css+js. Of course, if that proves too difficult, I’ll just sneakily use Silverlight.

  34. Are there versions of this book that are compatible with Windows 7, Xbox Live and Windows Phone 7 so that I can read it on any one of these platforms and where I’m up to will co-exist between the three…? =P

  35. That book looks so amazing! I would really love to get one to inspire me while I write WP7S apps! =)

  36. Long I want to unsubscibe to email updates but I can’t as the ‘Submit Comment’ click box is overlaying the ‘unsubscribe’ area.

    thanks

  37. Imagining myself reading this book while taking a dump :)
    No but seriously, it would make a great interesting reading!

  38. Haha, I like the “United States of Anywhere.” Thanks for being so generous with giving away your swag!!!

  39. Really intriguing how everyone turns up at a free giveaway even if it’s a not so useful book or a free sticker.

  40. Greets from your Portuguese fans.
    I would love to have one here in Portugal :)

    Keep the awsome work.

  41. Metro?? Most every metropolitan area I go to smells like urine… I seriously hope this doesn’t.

  42. Wow, i liked that book when you showed it and wonder if it’s possible to buy it somewhere, but get it for free it’s even better :D

  43. I am a Zune owner since 2007,
    Back in 2007 Zune didn’t had Metro UI,
    But it’s software did..I loved the interface
    I saw a lot of potential in it…as it really clicks with users

    With ZuneHD and WinP7S it has gone to all new level, and is freaking awesome….

    btw I would love to read more about it,
    keeping posting updates
    & can u please send me the book, only if it is feasible for you to deliver in India

  44. I really wanted to leave an original comment. Something funny and witty, with a slight dash of sarcasm.
    Really wanted.

    I hope I win. If the book does happen to go to me, I guess I’ll love it forever.

  45. I know there’s already a gazillion comments here so there’s little chance that I’ll get one, but it doesn’t hurt to hope, does it?

  46. The second I saw this book I was dying to get my hands on it. I searched everywhere trying to find one! Ugh I would kill to have one of these

  47. As a student of graphic design and a lover of good typography, I would love to be able to read one of these.

  48. Wow… 228 responses already. Must be a popular piece of marketing material…. oops I mean book :-)

  49. I see what you did there with the making fun of the engadget competition!
    Also – I want this metro design book!

  50. Oh please oh please oh please Mr. Long. Oh, and I love your blog…now can I have a copy of the book please oh pretty please?

  51. Hey. I would really love a copy of this book. You said that these are early copies? Does that mean that they will at some point be released to the public?

  52. Well, if you really want Win Phone 7 to be successful, i.e. to get me back from Apple’s iPhone, you HAVE to send one to me ;)

  53. Metro has really caught my attention. There is something about good design, you just know it when you see it. This is the Breath of Fresh Air the industry has needed for dome time.

  54. Hehe, fellow Melbournian here – you can save on postage!
    I know where you went to school.

    But seriously I am doing design in year 12 at the moment and that would really be a great resource.

  55. Is this book in pdf format ? so that we can all download it, instead of few people having the book itself. can anyone post the link, if any. :)

  56. Would be perfect for my coffee table…if I had a coffee table…hell I’d buy a coffee table just to put this if I won it :)

  57. If my math is correct, so far looks like we’ve all got a 1-in-25 chance to get one of these books.

  58. Cool, would love to get one of these! I can’t think of another company that produces swag like MS does :)

  59. Finally a giveaway i can participate even though the probability of winning is as small as possible :) hey atleast i participated ;)

  60. I use the metro to work and I live in a metropolis. So, doesn’t that qualify me to have a metro book too? ;)
    Echoing what rtshiva said, its great to be able to participate. And great work in keeping us updated on the metro UI. Personally love where this UI is taking MSFT.

  61. I’m getting married this year and this looks like the ideal wedding present for my wife-to-be!

    um…

    (OK, I’d still like one even if she wouldn’t!)

    /m

  62. Saw the typo too “Be a resident of United States [ of ] Anywhere in the world”. BTW, I’m from Malaysia and hope it open to Anywhere in the world.

  63. I tried doing mockups of Metro, mixed some with some designes form the Courier.
    /me thinks that Metro’s the new standard for Microsoft non-desktop UXs, and the fonts are scaled up and layouts slightly different from each other.
    Also, Long, have you heard of Cegoe UI?

  64. I attended MIX and really had to smile how they explained their process how they got to this design.
    Sounded like they thought that process they used was something special to them (Moodboards, Personas, Research, Visual Design, UX Design, etc) while actually this is bread and butter work for all design agencies out there.
    Nice to see Microsoft change though…

  65. Oh I would really love to get my hands on one of those …
    And have you really ever sent anything to the United States of Austria? You see, this can be a good deal for both of us ;)

  66. Throwin’ my name into the hat too. Looks like a fantastic book. Thanks for the contest Long!

  67. Is that left hand doing a pinch zoom gesture? Wow, that must be one of those new-fangled multi-touch books I keep hearing about ;-)

    Greetings from the United States of England, Scotland and Wales!

    As possibly the only non-Microsoft-employee outside North America to own a Zune 30 and a Zune 120 I’d love the Metro book on the evolution of the UI upgrade story that started with a Twist UI :-)

  68. Ok, so now I have to write a really funny comment so that it doesn’t seem too… well… you know….

  69. As a graphic design student, I would love a copy of this book. It is pretty much a perfect guide to creating anything in “Metro” style, and extending on its philosophy.

  70. I deserve to win merely because of the fact that I’m the best person on this blog excluding Long, of course. Not that you care..

  71. Set to be in top-seller list? you are kidding right? I know they did good job and creative and all.. but top-seller is really a far stretch.

  72. u started something when u started to giveaway Metro books. u started a website that really cares … Keep up the good work !! ;-)

  73. Wow! They actually made a book for the Metro UI Design! Brilliant!
    Wish I can get my hands on this. Or some place where I could order one :D

  74. Watching the slides from this book, it reminds me of the Longhorn concept ideas from 2003-2005… It would be great to have a copy

  75. Well, you’ve managed to get me to come out from the shadows. Long time reader here. Cheers for the opportunity to win this book… it will be exciting to see how Metro does once the first WP7 phones start coming out.

  76. Would love a copy of the book, as the designers at Microsoft finally had their say and bested Apple at their own game. Typography and style is quite refreshing in the upcoming Phone 7 devices.

  77. I hope to win one, simply to make microsoft look better at my university; they teach graphic design and with it they teach Microsoft hate, all the tutors mention the arial helvestica story, the dreaded comic sans and..i can go on. They think any microsoft typeface is evil. will want to show them this, to prove MS can do something right.

    also want to win this because i love the Segoe UI typeface and its implementation in zune and windows phone.

  78. I am a resident of “somewhere” in the world but don’t know any place called “anywhere” so far.

  79. Do want !
    No seriously, seems really interesting and a physical object is always better than a virtual gallery ;)
    Anywhere in the World FTW too !

  80. I like the “United States of Anywhere in the world” condition:) And would love to win that book!

  81. I would love a copy of this. I’m highly interested in user interface design and this looks excellent.

  82. To be quite honest, seeing all the different Metro stuff almost makes me want to drive over to Redmond and see if I could steal a poster or two from their campus. Definitely want! :)

  83. As a patriotic citizen of the United States of Anywhere I’d like to express my interest in the book. :)

  84. Having been utterly infatuated with the “Metro” UI style since the first time I laid eyes on it with Zune 2.0, I would LOVE one of these books.

  85. I really love the Metro UI. This really shows that Microsoft is finally caring about UI. Windows 7 still has some inconsistencies.

  86. I love the text that Windows Phone 7 is used and the colorful blocks squares makes it really simple, clear and clean feel to them. :)

    This is a great book where I find it useful and enjoyable to read. :)

  87. The book looks great, I’d love to get a copy and read it!
    Thanks for your nice blog and for GeoSense.

  88. I would love a copy of the book. It can keep me going after the phone is released in the US and we suffer here in Australia awaiting an eternity, not only the release of the phone but finally the arrival of the Zune International MarketPlace to match…

  89. It’s like Microsoft getting real serious on the fashion arena and learned the lesson from the importance of art+technology integration into their product ecosystem. Keep on Windows Phone team and look forward to the book arriving in Hong Kong and make postmen jealous!

  90. As a graphic designer I really like seeing Microsoft’s push towards good design and the importance of it. I’ve actually been impressed with all that they have been doing in the design field. Having this book about there graphic process and development would be a nice :)

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