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The term “Metro”, describing Microsoft‘s new user interface design gained popularity starting with Windows Phone 7 after its Zune HD beginnings. It really grew into prominence when it became the UI style for Windows 8 and now, not long before its scheduled late October launch date, Microsoft renamed it.
A leaked memo was the first sign that the name “Metro” os on the way out, supposedly due to copyright concerns. “Windows 8 style interface” was suggested as a replacement, but Microsoft but Microsoft may have settled on a simpler name.
Mary Jo Foley now writes that Microsoft is going with just “Windows 8 interface” (dropping the ‘style), with ‘desktop’ being thrown in when we’re taling about old-school Windows apps.
Of coursem the new terminology will be carried over to Windows Phone. But it’s going to be awkward – Windows 8 interface on Windows Phone 7. 8 sounds like an oxymoron. It’s worse for the Xbox, whose OS isn’t form of Windows.
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