Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Feb 2012 22:42 UTC
Windows Microsoft has officially unveiled the new Windows logo, and unlike the several previous Windows logos it's no longer a flag, but actually a window. Which is weird, since Metro doesn't have windows. Love this bit: "It does not try to emulate faux-industrial design characteristics such as materiality (glass, wood, plastic, etc.)." A well-deserved jab at Apple's inexplicable obsession with skeuomorphic My First Operating System-esque interfaces.
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missed oppertunity
by theARE on Mon 20th Feb 2012 10:28 UTC
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I keep thinking that Microsoft would be better off in moving away from the windows name, at least partially, with this next release.

for x86 market it as
Microsoft Metro (with Windows 8)

for ARM etc - simply
Microsoft Metro

It would be a clear break - good for consumers as they wouldn't be expecting the windows experience of the past. Since Metro doesn't have "windows" in a traditional sense then it seems crazy to give it that name.

Dropping the "with windows 8" part for the ARM version would make it pretty clear that customers shouldn't expect to run legacy win32 applications.

The term windows doesn't really reflect the nature of the OS any more - for clarity's sake and for customer expectations, they'd be better off calling a spade a spade.

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