Windows 8 'Metro' a Thing of the Past?

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-08-02 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Has Microsoft been forced to withdraw from using the term "Metro" to describe the type of apps that define its Windows 8 operating system?

Microsoft is moving to stop using the term €œMetro€ to describe the definitive applications that run on its Windows 8 operating system, according to a report.

When Microsoft initially introduced Windows 8 last year at its BUILD conference in September, the company described Metro-style apps as being key to the touch-first user interface of the new platform.

Microsoft said of Metro style: €œWindows 8 introduces a new Metro style interface built for touch, which shows information important to you, embodies simplicity and gives you control. The Metro style UI is equally at home with a mouse and keyboard as well.€

However, now, the functionality and intent of what goes into a Metro style app has not changed, only Microsoft€™s use of the term has, according to a report in the All About Microsoft blog.

Yet, Microsoft would not say whether it was a copyright or trademark issue or some other legal matter.

Microsoft has said Windows 8 will be powered by apps. €œWindows 8 introduces a new Metro style interface built for touch, which shows information important to you, embodies simplicity and gives you control,€ the company said in a press release. €œThe Metro style UI is equally at home with a mouse and keyboard as well.€

Moreover, at BUILD, Microsoft€™s Windows president Steven Sinofsky, in discussing the finer points of Windows 8, said: €œAnd then we're going to show you how to build these incredibly cool what we call Metro style applications. They're full screened, they're immersive, they're touch-centric, and we're going to show you how to build those from the ground up using world class development tools.€

So the Metro style apps are central to Windows 8. But if they will no longer be called €œMetro€ what in the world will Microsoft call them?

In a response to a query on the issue of the use of the term €œMetro,€ Microsoft told All About Microsoft:

€œWe have used  Metro style as a code name during the product development cycle across many of our product lines. As we get closer to launch and transition from industry dialog to a broad consumer dialog we will use our commercial names.€

 


 
 
 
 
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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