Last week news broke that Microsoft would be dropping the “Metro” name for something new. We asked our readers for name suggestions and came up with quite a few good replacements, but none of them were chosen by Microsoft.
Predictably, Microsoft has gone with a very bland replacement. From now on “Metro-style” apps are to be called “Windows 8 Apps.” Here is the official guideline from sources at ZDNet:
“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.”
A lot of people are going to say Microsoft dropped the ball on this, but it actually makes sense. Metro apps are for Windows 8. Why not just call them Windows 8 apps? But on the negative side this name isn’t very future proof. What will we call it when Windows 9 comes around? What do you think about the name?