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Now that Microsoft has nixed “Metro” as the name for its new tile-based design language, it’s reportedly going to be switching to simply “Windows 8.” ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley says that according to her sources, “Metro-style applications” will officially become “Windows 8 applications,” the “Metro user interface” will become the “Windows 8 user interface,” and “Metro design” will be “Windows 8 design.” Foley points to the new promotional page for Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet 2, which touts “desktop and Windows 8 apps,” as a sign that manufacturers may also have been informed of the decision. On Windows Phone 8, Microsoft is still said to be calling the interface “Windows 8.”
Microsoft never officially announced the decision to stop using the…
Metro is so last week. Microsoft has reportedly ditched the hip moniker for its design language for something a bit more pedestrian: Windows 8.
Previously, the name Metro was part of the design mantra that started with Windows Phone 7 and has since trickled into Windows and Xbox. As Microsoft once put it, “We call it Metro because it’s modern and clean. It’s fast and in motion. It’s about content and typography. And it’s entirely authentic.” Well, forgot that nonsense. The Metro branding is out and Windows 8 is in.
Officially, the story goes that Microsoft was looking to “transition from industry dialog (e.g. Metro) to a broad consumer dialog.” However it seems that German retailer Metro AG could have been threatening legal actions over the branding.
But the new branding could bring additional confusion. Prior to the change, applications for the tiled Windows interface, Metro, were known as Metro-style applications. Those applications are now known as Windows 8 applications. Plus, the Metro environment is now called Windows 8 user interface. So… apps designed for the new interface are called Windows 8 applications and applications coded for the original, so-called, classic interface, will be called Windows applications. Awesome.
This new branding apparently also trickles down to Windows Phone where its trademarked tiled interface will also be named Windows 8 interface.
Outside of the possible branding confusion the new name removes any segregation between Windows 8′s two desktop environments. For better or worse, Windows 8 is now just Windows 8.Related Posts:
Microsoft is killing off the use of its Metro design name to describe a tiled interface in Windows Phone and Windows 8. We brought you news of the change earlier today, but a tipster has provided an internal memo sent to Microsoft employees confirming the move. In it, Microsoft reveals that “discussions with an important European partner” led to the decision to “discontinue the use” of the Metro branding for Windows 8 and other Microsoft products — one that employees must adhere to immediately.
The Windows team is “working on a replacement term” according to the memo, “and plans to land on that by the end of this week.” Until then, employees have been advised to refer to the Metro style user interface as the “Windows 8 style UI.” The…
The two worlds of Windows 8 – one: a traditional desktop UI and the other: the touch-optimized Metro UI — can, at first, seem so different that they contrast like the multiple personalities of Batman’s enemy Two-Face. Yet, despite the different appearances, the forthcoming version of Microsoft’s venerable operating system is not about absolutes, but optimizations.
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Microsoft has revealed very little about Office 15, its next-generation Office suite, but Chinese site cnBeta says the beta version, due in the summer, will include a Metro logo like its Windows 8 counterpart. We already know that Office 15 will feature some Metro elements, but will remain a desktop application instead of the new Windows 8 Metro style apps. The logo change would appear to fall inline with the company’s broad adoption of Metro across its various products and services.
cnBeta’s image also references a “2013 Preview” installer, indicating that Microsoft’s Office 15 codename may eventually lead to a final name of Microsoft Office 2013. Microsoft is currently preparing a beta release of Office 15, with a promise that it will…
Splashtop made waves (thankyouverymuch) in April when the mobile app company launched the Windows 8 Testbed Metro for the iPad. This iPad app allowed owners to experience the few highs and many lows of Windows 8 Metro. As Engadget put it then, it must be a bit uncomfortable for iPads, but it’s a very impressive app offering nearly all the functionality of Metro including the many multitouch swipe functions. And now it’s available for Android tablets, too.
The price is still the same: $ 49.99 but its current 50% off for an unspecified limited time. The app runs at a resolution of 1280 x 800 resolution and supports Android tabs ranging from seven to ten inches. Like its iPad counterpart the app supports Metro’s UI touch gestures allowing developers and consumers alike to experience most of Metro on their current devices.
Sure, it’s a bit pricy even at the $ 25 promotional price, but the app is fully functional even if it’s not as smooth as the real thing. If Windows 8 calls your name, it’s best to jump on the platform now. For most people Metro is not love at first sight. You have to learn to love Metro.Related Posts:
Fans of Chrome or its open source cousin Chromium will soon be able to get a version optimized for the Release Preview of Windows 8, as the team says it’s almost ready to unveil what it promised us in March. Chrome in Metro is designed to work in both the desktop and Metro environments of Windows 8 on any x86 machine. Pretty much all PCs should be fine, but anybody on ARM will be out of luck, since some features of Windows RT are restricted to Internet Explorer. The shot above looks much like ordinary Chrome, but the software will apparently integrate with Windows 8 features like charms and snap view. It’s likely to be a bit rough when it launches, so the Chromium team urges users to file bug reports.
If you’re interested in trying out…
With Windows 8 many aspects of the Microsoft experience are getting a Metro style makeover, and it looks like that might just include Hotmail as well. LiveSide has posted an image of a new Microsoft account login screen, which shows what could be a new look for the company’s email service. It’s hard to gather much from the tiny screenshot, but it does show what appears to be a more streamlined interface that looks quite a bit different than the current Hotmail and more akin to the Windows 8 mail app. Of course, this could just be a placeholder image, so we don’t for sure whether it’s representative of the next big Hotmail redesign — we’ll have to wait until it eventually launches to know one way or the other.