Microsoft says it is 100 per cent committed to its new user interface (UI) design principles, as embodied in Windows 8, even though it still hasn't come up with a meaningful name for them. Speaking at the annual Build developer conference in Redmond this week, Microsoft Principal User Experience Advisor Will Tschumy said the …
Since that's how history will record it.
Not a huge fan of it
Personally, I'm not a huge fan of the way the tiled interface and its apps work at the moment. For example, why does a messaging app need to be full screen? It doesn't.
However, the new style and the new 'pizazz' in this new style is actually pretty good. Just look at the effort that's been put into their Minesweeper app! Or the weather app. Amazing compared to what they used to produce.
So, I'm persevering, as it is the first iteration of this design style and as with everything, it will change and improve.
..for something better
Considering that it’s a cross between Windows 98 and Android they should adopt Android naming conventions, Windows Brown Fudge Dribble or go for a Glasgow slang alternative Widneys (Widney – Wouldn’t in Glasgow slang) “I widney install that if I were you”
For when the cloud (Google, Linux based) and mobile (Android, Linux based) converge for a snack, its time to check out who's left to laugh loudest.
Who cares anyway? Microsoft are dust
Guilt by association
City->blocks (also seen on-screen)
"Blocks" != enables
Also, just a brief look at Prince's squiggle, I assume that its supposed to be a combination of ♂ and ♀ and a bit of something else. How very metro-sexual (I feel dirty just using that non-word).
Perhaps we should call the UI "Prince", though I feel TIFKAM would be equally appropriate in that context.
What was the Windows 95 new UI called? Or for that matter what was the Windows 1.0 UI called?
Now to reveal an earth shattering concept ...
Drum roll please ...
How about we call the Windows 8 UI, the Windows 8 UI? Or even simpler, lets just call it Windows!
Windows 95 itself was codenamed "Chicago"…
How about the obvious "Windows Touch"
Sure MS thought of this. Windows TUI (Touch UI), even sounds good.
Re: How about the obvious "Windows Touch"
Can't use TUI, it is the name of a very large Travel group.
hows about GLADYS
Slates (well, Tiles are copyright of someone else apparently)
I know what to call it..
Unusable crap, design for children not work.
At least no one could accuse Micro$oft of copying Apple with their steaming pile of dogs mess UI Metro
We need a competition here, with suggestions and voting and such. If SPB-followers can come up with PARIS and LOHAN/REHAB, shirley we can have a few more backronyms to rival TIFKAM?
They're not tiles.
They're not subway trains.
They're Window Panes!
Right that's the name sussed. Now just make it optional to enable the task bar to appear when mouse cursor (but not finger) hits bottom of screen. Allow old style desktop windows to appear on top of the new Window Panes® UI and hey presto, Windows 8 SP n, or as with the finally fixed Vista lets call it the next Windows version. Of course in reality Microsofts next Windows probably will no longer have windows. Now there is a naming dilemma!
Window pains, surely?
Surely that's the current wisdom? We should just W8.
How about the BallmerUI?
Loud, clumsy, in-your-face - and when you look at it you've got know idea how it got there or what it's for?
Since it is back to 2d flashing caleidoscopic screens that hurts your eyes and brain, like all those sites a decade ago.
TIFKAM is good...
... but if you want something more esoteric and Redmond-friendly, what was it that M$ guy said? "Windows Eight Shop Applications" or something? There you have it - WESA! (Close enough to VESA to be subtly irritating, and more than halfway to "weasel" which is so very apt).
With Windows, you have panes of glass, so I suppose you could call it Panes.
Because then you could have growing panes when it is first launched and it can eventually become a pane in the arse once its established.
How About ?
it's obviously a Unified Graphical Layout Interface
or U.G.L.I. for short
Look to the heavens for inspiration
How about going with the astrological theme established by Samsung and their Galaxy by referring to W8 as "The Interface from Uranus"?
Seems to sum it up nicely to me…
Re: Look to the heavens for inspiration
astronomical - fixed that for you
Always worked for me. TIFKAM is too much of a mouthful too.
Late to the party, but with lots of money
They should pay Psy billions of won and call it "Gangnam style". They can have an ad with Bill Gates and/or Steve Ballmer doing the dance from the video - instant meme! Dress them as Santas for holiday sales.
How about ..
You've all failed to notice Microsoft's nefarious plot...
"Windows 8 Store Apps" may be official, but even speakers at the BUILD Conference reverted frequently to the shorter "Windows Store Apps", as does Microsoft's own Dev Center. Those forced to say it repeatedly will, as people tend to do, shorten it further to WinStoreApps or others of that ilk.
Microsoft knows this, of course, but has seemingly failed to provide an alternative to the original, reasonably snappy, 'Metro'.
Don't believe it for a minute. After all, haven't they stuck basically to "Windows Store Apps" for months now? A term with an obvious - even prophetic - acronym neatly built in? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
Surely I can't be the only person who looked at the phrase "Windows Store Apps" and immediately thought, "What the... WISTA?!"
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Rally, people, rally, for we're in the fight of our lives. The Wista UI is the VVista UI. VV for VVengeance.
Rejected it, did you? Thought Microsoft had swallowed its defeat gracefully, as it did the crushing of ME? Made peace with Apple, talked nice about Open Source? Fools! Can't you see what's right in front of you? Wista UI is nothing more than its alter pronunciation and ego "VVista We", promising an experience multitudinously worse than ME (plus the additional drama of lawsuits from Nintendo).
Laugh at the WUI if you dare, but brace yourself against the "WuoooooooooooEEE!" braying through the halls of techdom as Windows' latest incarnation calls you to the upgrade trough.
Yet the horror of Vista reincarnated pales beside the appalling prospect the Wista UI might spread to older versions of WIndows, even to other OS's.
You scoff. I see. Tell me, do you really think Microsoft hasn't already locked and loaded a titillating taste of Tiles, aimed at the unwashed masses unwilling to upgrade? The myriad mockers of the Micro$oft way? Even the Fruity and Sphenisciform challengers of The One True OS?
Does a Ballmer sweat in the woods?
Mark my words. No WIndows OS is safe from the risk of being retroactively overlaid with the Wista UI; the threat of such potential abominations as WINTSTA, XP SPWISTA and - I shudder to think of it - Vista Wista.
(I'll get my co. . . Oh. How convenient. The contents of my closet are already on the lawn.)
I thought it was clever legal manouvering..?
Microsoft: Ok everyone checkout our new UI - it's called Metro *fanfare followed by disappointment*
Metro France: Hey you can't call it Metro without giving us lots of money
Microsoft: Fine. It's no longer called Metro then. We weren't even going to call it Metro anyway, so we're no longer going to say Metro. Metro.
Everyone: So what's it called now then?
Microsoft: ...Well it's not called Metro - that's for sure!
Everyone: Fine, we'll carry on calling it Metro then.
Metro France: ....Can we have some money now please?
Microsoft: But it's not even called Metro! *cue manic laughing and Balmer throws another iPhone*
Modern UI experience is the term used in server 2012 if i remember correcctly. The reason why they dropped Metro was cause of the free newspaper.
NSIS (http://nsis.sourceforge.net/Main_Page) were using the name "Modern UI" quite a few years ago. Even "Modern UI 2" is now 5 years old.
Window Interface for Microsoft Programmes/Phones
Or did somebody already use that one...
I know what to call it
Shit. Total fail.
"We at Microsoft 90000 or so, are all behind this" - or we get sacked.
"No one mutters the M word anymore" - What about F words?
"20 billion a year on design." - To end up with the ribbon and metro.
You could buy another country for that, or get a working aircraft carrier or three, or perhaps clear out third world debt for a small country and then ask some PHD people to create a better front end experienc for the cost of living expenses.
A touch interface for windows?
obviously it should be called Smudge.
Windows Phone Desktop Edition
Why bother even mentioning the desktop? This interface is only ever going to be seen on (a few) phones.
"Nonetheless, Tschumy said Microsoft's new design principles were 'the exclusive language for our experiences,' adding that customers would see UIs based on the same ideas across all of the devices Microsoft touches, including PCs, phones, tablets, and even Xbox consoles."
But failing to add that customers would not see UIs based on the same ideas on any other platform because MS will sue the skin off the back of anyone who tries. At least, that's how I interpret the word "exclusive", particularly since we have Apple's example to follow.
Which raises the question, why would a device that currently has no market share and wants to see widespread adoption choose a "UI language" that currently has no speakers and for which there is a penalty if anyone else even tries to speak it?
As a previous commenter said, this is the "Hubris UI". It has "fail" written all over it, but no-one can actually read that yet.
Windows *8* Store Apps
Is this a veiled warning about the compatibility hell that awaits developers once Windows 9 comes out?
Call the interface Tiley and...
mandate animated tile based interfaces for a "helper" format in Windows8. We'll quickly see a new user interface for a rushed version of Windows9. (Think of Tiley as "Micro$oft Bob" inescapably embedded into the OS!)
A dignified German word for window. And to lighten things up (with a nod to Ballmer), use as an ad character the Addams Family's Uncle Fester.
too much tablet
Yes, it does have a name already.
I'm pretty sure they're happy with 'Modern UI', which was the term picked up after Metro was dropped (which was due to, as other commentors have noted, it being the name of a German market chain).
Re: Yes, it does have a name already.
Yes, and that name has the same problems as "The New iPad". What happens when "Modern" UI isn't so modern and we have something newer to replace it?
Personally, this so-called "modern" interface is so reminiscent of old DOS graphical applications it's not funny.
A new name…
I was just thinking to myself about this new OS interface. Perhaps they should call it the Hogwarts UI.
"Charms", "magic corners"… did J.K Rowling design the desktop? I'm surprised they didn't dispense with the mouse cursor and call it a "wand".