Microsoft has dropped "Metro", the name given to the squaretastic user interface for Windows 8 and Windows Phone, claiming it was just a code name all along. Litigation, though, may be the real reason as it seems the word may be owned by a European company or individual that objected to its use. The change comes late in the day …
"Windows 8 style UI"
I think could have dropped the style. Since Ex-Metro doesn't have any of it.
Call it what ever you want
You can call it Gap Arsed Turnip Twaddler. Its still crap.
For those who remember the SQUARE window.
I would have thought the solution was obvious
throw open a competition to crowdsource a name via the new Outlook.com userbase.
Both of them.
Re: I would have thought the solution was obvious
Just call it Outlook?
They've already got that name and outlook.com.
Anything with a Windows 8 style can be described as:
e.g. this UI is utterly 8ful in every way.
Oooh got it...
(Yay first day of 10 days vacation - brain is working again!)
How about using some letters from Metro?
The could skip some letters and call it Windows ME. It's not like that's been used to brand anything of significance before and a nice touch is it's also the name of a debilitating illness.
Older reader might remember that Microsoft's first foray into desktop databases was codenamed Cirrus. They have to drop that, because it was the name of an American credit card.
So they called it Access instead.
I suppose "Barclaycard" was a bit too long.
What's in a name?
How about shorten Metro to Me and call it Windows Me.
Since it's spelt Me and not ME, it won't be confused with Windows ME.
Re: What's in a name?
Damn... Cameron Colley beat me to it...
Not one fanboi amongst them - all Reg commenters hate W8. Are MS the new Novell?
Or have the MS stories on the Reg's forums become a self selecting group of MS haters, who round on and shout down anyone who says anything perceived as pro MS? Thus the people who actually like anything MS, increasingly don't bother commenting.
(Oh yeah, and any comment calling this behavior out is usually followed by a rather weak "I'd like them if they just did X or Y", which usually comes from someone with a history of ill informed shouting down.)
Dude, even the fanbois hate "Windows 8 UI"!
No, I think they are the new IBM. Remember OS/2 and the PS/2 platform? Windows 8 REEKS of the same arrogance IBM had when they introduced those.
No, it's just that it's early still in Redmond. It's about 8:44, so expect a lot of positive posts about how great Windows 8 is in about 15 minutes, once the MS employees clock in....
I actually need to post nasty comments about MS for "technical legal reasons" - it's part of my remit to be seen as a beacon of impartiality. I've slagged Apple so much for their rounded rectangles that its only proper I slag MS for their very much non rounded rectangles too!
Nope, more like the new SCO.
From all the rumours floating about perhaps they were really the puppet masters of the old SCO as well
Re: Remember OS/2 [was Re: Wow]
Having used OS/2 Warp 3 and 4, I think I'd prefer those to the modern versions of Windows, and especially to what I've seen of Windows 8.
It's not just the forums, it's the Reg itself. Anything MS does or says - cook up some astoundingly negative, over-the-top spin - and immediately tell the world how it's totally ignorant and evil. If that sounds familiar, think "Fox News".
As someone who spent decades as a Windows developer, I have no love for Microsoft as a company, but this blindlngly one-sided, totally predictable coverage simply loses my interest. Couldn't we hear some other voices?
Cos it covers up any usefulness of Windows, and it will be for Microsoft?
2012: Blah, blah, blah, "...(NGSB). That technology hasn’t been heard of much since."
2014: Blah, blah, blah, "...(NGSB). That technology also hasn’t been heard of much since."
The Simple Answer
The simple answer is if they can't use the "Metro"name any is to simply remove the "Metro" interface from Windows 8 completely.
That would make Everybody happy :-)
Especially MS shareholders, OEMs, Resellers, Developers, Valve, Enterprises, and of course the poor forgotten end users ;-)
If they rename it pussy fart, I'll buy two copies.
Metro, by any other name
Will smell and sound the same...
@ Toadwarrior Re: If they rename it pussy fart, I'll buy two copies.
I won't buy (or pirate) any copies, no matter what they call it, but that made me LOL.
Cat farts stink
I used to have one - died at 18
The name now being synonymous with "failed OS" might have something to do with it?
Windows Boxy Version
Because its a dumb blond of an OS
What's in a name?
That which we call a turd. By any other name would still smell as rancid.
Tile Style, hell no. Dashboard, not without a lawsuit. Bricks, too BSoD. Merde, hmm international, descriptive, perfect!
"It's not a Metro Lyn, it's a Rover 100!"
Ah-ha! Didn't BL have a car in the 80's called Metro?
Re: "It's not a Metro Lyn, it's a Rover 100!"
You've actually inadvertently made a really important point - Windows 8 is actually so bad, Allan Partridge will now start using a Mac! And he's the sort of dude who'd have thought Windows ME was the best OS ever...
Why don't they just
Why don't they just abbreviate it again?
Windows 8 ME.
Metro is a bad name?
Took them til now?
Every time someone mentioned Metro I had visions of a hearing aid beige rusting MiniMetro.
Almost as bad as the germanic overlords of Mini, when searching for a name for the large Mini they almost went for Maxi, until someone from the UK pointed out it's previous incarnation....
My suggestion for a new name - Program Manager. But then that's maybe giving it glory it doesn't deserve.
How about a name giving an "everyman" feeling to the UI? Informal yet familiar. How about "BOB"?
Re: Metro is a bad name?
Bob the Builder
He uses bricks!
<Cue Neil Morrisy singing the theme song>
Windows Phone 7?
So it is still a Beta/Alpha release?
Code name? Nice try.
I've got it!!
How about something like "Microsoft Bob"
Re: I've got it!!
Right on bro.
matching the ease of use
Windows Painted Shut
Call it Windows(tm) Bricks.
"Navigate through Windows using Bricks"
"A brick has caused Windows to break"
"Windows Mobile 8 is bricked".
And they have a ready made catch phrase/marketing opportunity thanks to Father Ted's Father Jack "I love my brick"
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