Microsoft: Not Metro, not Modern UI, call it the new Windows UI

Posted 25 October 2012 16:02 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Only one day left till Windows 8 gets its official release and there’s still a lot confusion about the name of the new GUI that’s part of Microsoft’s latest OS. We’ve been calling it Metro, but also reported that we should call it ‘New User Interface’ or ‘Windows 8 Style UI’. It seems that the last ones were wrong as well. The website TechCrunch is reporting that an official Microsoft spokesman has said that we should refer to it as ‘New Windows User Interface’ or just ‘Windows User Interface’. When talking about apps we shouldn’t say ‘Metro apps’ but ‘Windows apps’ or ‘Windows 8 apps’.

Now you know. We’ll likely continue to call it Metro. After all the desktop, still available in Windows 8,  is also an user interface for Windows. And the programs in Windows 95, Vista and Windows 7 can also be called applications (apps), just like the programs you can start from the desktop in Windows 8. Which can also be purchased from the Windows 8 App Store.

That said, anyone who’s after Windows 8 who cares to report live from a line in front of a computer store or is that exclusive to another company?

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