Over the past couple of years, the term ‘Metro’ has become – in technology circles – increasingly synonymous with Microsoft and its tiled UI, whether it’s on the Xbox, Windows Phone, or the imminent wave of Windows 8 devices.
However, the other day we heard the suggestion that German retailer Metro AG wasn’t happy, and now Microsoft has come up with a fantastic replacement.
Basically, wherever you used “Metro” before, you’re now supposed to say “Windows 8” instead. Freakin'. Genius!
Silver fox Mary Jo Foley explains: “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.’”
Finally, the “transition from industry dialog to a broad consumer dialog” has been realised. Beautiful stuff. Er, but how do we describe the Xbox and Windows Phone UIs?
Interestingly, Metro AG claims the rumours of its discontent are nothing more than “market rumours”. Hmm, we’re dubious, Metro AG. Sorry - Windows 8 AG.