Microsoft to replace the “Metro” name with simply “Windows 8”

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?


  • So, it took them a week to name the UI after the operating system? Woo.