This time last week, we learned that Microsoft no longer wanted anyone calling its iconic Windows Phone design, the same one that will be featured prominently in Windows 8, “Metro”. The official word was that Metro was only ever really a code name, but the running theory has it that Microsoft was more concerned over rights that other companies might already have to word. That was unfortunate, as we had gotten used to using the term over the past couple years, but it ultimately seemed like a change of limited consequence, as the design elements themselves were staying untouched. If “Metro” is out, what does Microsoft want us calling the UI, instead?
Mary Jo Foley has some incredible contacts within Microsoft, and according to her sources, what used to be “Metro” will now just be “Windows 8“.
That seems a little backwards to us, as Win8 didn’t exactly start this trend; will Microsoft, looking back on Windows Phone 7, describe all the “Windows 8-style apps” available for the platform?
This direction hasn’t been officially confirmed, but there does appear to be some support for it from mainstream sources. For instance, Lenovo just announced its ThinkPad Tablet 2 for Windows 8, and instead of differentiating between desktop and Metro apps, it refers to the latter as Windows 8 apps, instead.