Microsoft’s New Name for Metro: ‘Windows 8’

Mary Jo Foley:

Here’s the official guidance, my sources say: Anything currently/formerly known as a “Metro-Style application” (with or without a hyphen) will now be known officially as a “Windows 8 application.” References to the “Metro user interface” will now be replaced by “Windows 8 user interface.” And instead of saying “Metro design,” the Softies and those adhering to their official guidelines will be using the words “Windows 8 design.”

Among numerous other problems posed by this change, how’s this going to work when Windows 9 ships?

Update: The Verge reports that Microsoft may instead refer to Metro-style UI as “Modern UI”. That’s better, but a little generic, to say the least.

Friday, 10 August 2012