Whoops! "Metro" name isn't banned for Windows 8 apps

Earlier today, we reported that Microsoft was banning the use of the name "Metro" from being used in titles of Windows 8 apps sold in the Windows Store. The evidence came from Microsoft itself, in the form of a web page, "Naming your app", on the company's Dev Center site. The note stated, "Make sure your app name doesn't include the word metro. Apps with a name that includes the word metro will fail certification and won't be listed in the Windows Store."

Well, it looks like things are a bit different now. Microsoft has now updated that "Naming your app" page and that special note is no longer showing up on the site. WPCentral claims, via unnamed sources, that the page had simply not been updated to reflect the new Windows 8 app certification requirements.

There's been no word on why Microsoft would put in such a special note for naming Windows 8 apps in the first place. Regardless, it looks like the popular MetroTwit app is now officially out of the woods and can keep using its name for any future versions of the Windows 8 Twitter app, as are any apps that will have to use the "Metro" label.

Via: WPCentral.com
Source: Microsoft Dev Center page

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Everything was going smoothly, Microsoft. What happened that only at the very end you hit a speed bump that has turned into multiple speed bumps over something very small.

Just pick a name and go with it, but it'll always me Metro for me. Sorry.

Maybe Microsoft should just sort there crap out, ohhh and maybe check first before using key names that will lead you to get into problems latter.. Surly someone working there has a job to do that lol

This is the most indecisiveness I've ever seen from microsoft!
Metro... "Windows 8 application"... Modern... Ban Metro!! No wait, don't Ban Metro..

What is going on here? Wow, it's about time you made up your mind and started acting like a professional company

They should fire Ballmer, he isn't integrated and visionary enough to come up with New idea's and copy of other companies idea's he can't come up with his own, his Products isn't worth a penny to spend, and WLM had a lot of bugs too in the past, and he failed at that, xbox is going to have ad's and is going to fail, and Windows 8, and 9 is more likely going to fail!

David085 said,
They should fire Ballmer, he isn't integrated and visionary enough to come up with New idea's and copy of other companies idea's he can't come up with his own, his Products isn't worth a penny to spend, and WLM had a lot of bugs too in the past, and he failed at that, xbox is going to have ad's and is going to fail, and Windows 8, and 9 is more likely going to fail!

Agreed. And I hope I'm right when I say that Bill Gates has very little to do with the direction the company has gone in.

David085 said,
They should fire Ballmer, he isn't integrated and visionary enough to come up with New idea's and copy of other companies idea's he can't come up with his own, his Products isn't worth a penny to spend, and WLM had a lot of bugs too in the past, and he failed at that, xbox is going to have ad's and is going to fail, and Windows 8, and 9 is more likely going to fail!

Xbox is going to fail because of ads? Think again... It's had ads for quite a while now and has consistently been the best-selling, most successful console for months. Windows 8 is already gobs better than 7, especially in performance, appearance, and functionality (and price, which is all the average non-tech savvy person cares about).

Ballmer, grow some freaking balls, and tell us what this **** is about. It's ****ing shady that this is happening, because Metro was NEVER a codename. You, and everyone else threw that name around as if it was kosher, now all of a sudden, it's a forbidden word, but it's all meaningless without an explanation. Man up, and give us one.

Dot Matrix said,
Ballmer, grow some freaking balls, and tell us what this **** is about. It's ****ing shady that this is happening, because Metro was NEVER a codename. You, and everyone else threw that name around as if it was kosher, now all of a sudden, it's a forbidden word, but it's all meaningless without an explanation. Man up, and give us one.

The possibility exists that you care too much about this news.

Dot Matrix said,
Ballmer, grow some freaking balls, and tell us what this **** is about. It's ****ing shady that this is happening, because Metro was NEVER a codename. You, and everyone else threw that name around as if it was kosher, now all of a sudden, it's a forbidden word, but it's all meaningless without an explanation. Man up, and give us one.

Calm down. The tech news culture is one of report whatever information anyone else is reporting, ask questions later... can't take it all serious. Especially if the title ends in a ?. In fact, I try and avoid the articles that end in ?

Dot Matrix said,

I'm just saying what everyone is thinking.

I already have someone speaking for me. I think two people migh confuse things.

Dot Matrix said,

I'm just saying what everyone is thinking.


No you were thinking. The res ofus dnt care. Itwas speculated that a company that has Metro in its name was likely giving Microsoft some uneasy feelinga bout using "Metro".

Well... I do remember the dilemma when Apple reserved the i as a prefix.... Lots of apps and gadgets were doomed at that time...

I find it really annoying when all the apps on my phone are under the "M" section since they all think it's "clever" to name their apps "Metro ______"

andrewbares said,
I find it really annoying when all the apps on my phone are under the "M" section since they all think it's "clever" to name their apps "Metro ______"

Good point.

andrewbares said,
I find it really annoying when all the apps on my phone are under the "M" section since they all think it's "clever" to name their apps "Metro ______"

It's like KDE all over again.