Microsoft: honestly, stop saying ‘Metro UI’

Microsoft: honestly, stop saying ‘Metro UI’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.

via: WMPoweruser

Read more about: Windows Phone

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5 comments

Pondlife  Aug. 10, 2012 at 12:18

Maybe they just want to distance themselves from the crappy newspaper.

blizzard7  Aug. 11, 2012 at 22:43

Maybe they just want to distance themselves from the crappy newspaper.

Haha. Don't think Microsoft are going to be handing out Surfaces on the Tube any time soon :p

Pondlife  Aug. 12, 2012 at 00:46

I wouldn't bet against it at this rate..

SpeedyG  Aug. 13, 2012 at 16:05

Will London commuters like reading 'Windows 8' newspapers from now on? :p

Pondlife  Aug. 13, 2012 at 16:29

Read that it's now "modern UI"

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