Microsoft did an odd thing, saying that Metro is not the real name of the new interface. Hmm. So what’s the odd thing? Is Metro just a code word not the real term for the Interface, or that after more than several years of work, where everyone, developers, programmers, and third parties working on the new Windows 8 interface called the interface, Metro, and now it is not called that?
There are no clear explanations for that, but one is that unofficially that Metro may be a term that could cause litigation; a form of copyright dispute. Where and how is not known and Microsoft is not giving any more information about that view.
Confusion with the Apps?
Does Microsoft really want to go in that direction? Consider that Microsoft has two forms of Windows 8 under production, one with the WinRT version and others that are not WinRT. Will this cause a problem for developers and for the public in general? Frankly, I don’t know if developers are confused, but some of the products being released lately have overlapping parts that does bring confusion.
Look at office 2013 and then there is the Cloud version of Office 365. What should users get? Cloud or no cloud.
Metro is Everywhere
But Metro is everywhere. There may be some confusion regarding the apps, but on the other hand, a lot of users are clear on what to expect.
- Consider that there are different defined sequence of terms such as:
- Windows 8 This OS has both an x86 and x64 version of the next release of Windows that can run both desktop apps and the new Metro style apps that are written for the WinRT runtime.
- Windows RT Then there is the ARM version of the Windows 8 OS, which can run the new Metro style apps written for the WinRT runtime and only those desktop apps supplied by Microsoft — such as Office, Explorer, Internet Explorer. It also offers cloud-management client operations that provide remote-management features to compensate for the inability of Windows RT machines to join a domain.
- Metro style apps This is the Microsoft term for WinRT apps.
- Metro Style This is the authentically digital, typography-first design language. Unlike Metro style apps, if a program uses the Metro style it could be an x86 or x64 program running on the Windows desktop, or even a web page. For example, the new Azure interface and the Windows Server 2012 Server Manager tool have the Metro style.
- Modern The somewhat presumptuous theme for the Windows 8 reimagining. The Metro Star screen is the modern shell, WinRT is modern programming, ARM chips are modern processors, Office 2013 is modern Office.
But everywhere in the OS format, there is the underlying aspect of Metro. It is what the OS are working on. So while there may be duplicate and confusing operations with Windows 8, that is not the case with Metro. And to top it off, this announcement comes at the same time that Windows 8 is released to Manufacturing. Could the timing be worse?
But what the hey, these Metro programs have an environment, even if somewhat convoluted, but the interface is understood by the public. And Microsoft, can better this? And they want to better this now? To what point?
But anyway. Microsoft did an odd thing, saying that Metro is not the real name of the new interface. So what is it?