‘Metro’ is no more. After a naming dispute with a European partner (which is also known by that name), Microsoft has decided to rename the codename user interface to “Windows-8 Style UI”. Yes, everything that uses it – from Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and even the Xbox 360, which doesn’t even share an 8 – will feature the new “Windows-8 Style UI”.
It’s wordy, and it’s not a really good name, Microsoft. And you were just getting so good at marketing things – like with the Surface.
What’s even more weird is that ‘Metro apps’ will be renamed ‘Windows 8 apps’, according to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley. It appears to make some sort of sense, until you realise that Windows RT computers are meant to run predominantly
Metro Windows 8 apps, which leads to more branding confusion.
It’s just confusing as hell, Microsoft. You might need to go back to the drawing board, marketing people.