Names can say plenty about a company or product. It’s when those names change that confusion sets in. In Microsoft’s case, the identity crisis of its Metro UI. What has long been attached to the refreshed and unique design in its upcoming Windows platform is now a discarded fling, never to be used again.
Going forward, Microsoft’s Metro UI will be known simply as “Windows 8.” Huh?
Sooooo… does that mean every single Windows Phone device currently has Windows 8? Or the Xbox 360? Or Outlook.com? Nope, this won’t confuse anyone.
The language is actually “Windows 8 interface,” but saying a Windows Phone 7 device has the interface of Windows 8 is more than enough to bewilder the average consumer.
Unfortunately, the name change seems to be due to a trademark issue, and not an impulsive decision made by an inebriated exec. Still, Microsoft could have come up with something a little more exciting than Windows 8 interface. Can we assume, then, the next iteration of Windows 8 won’t feature the tiled UI? Or will Windows 9 have Windows 8?
[via The Next Web]