WinInfo Short Takes, August 3rd 2012

It has been a long time since we've done a WinInfo Short Takes, even our updates to Neowin haven't accounted for some these really old posts (I'll moan at one of the developers about that!) so apologies in advance if you do check out one or two of the older posts and they look badly formatted.

Well anyway, since we're celebrating another new version of Windows, who better than Paul Thurrott to weigh in on the events surrounding the last week or so? So without further ado, as per usual I have selected two of the Short Takes for your enjoyment.

Windows 8 Leaks

When Microsoft announced the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows 8 this week, many wondered why the first individuals to get the new OS—MSDN and TechNet subscribers—would have to wait a full two weeks, until August 15, to get their hands on it. Well, there’s no need to wait: Windows 8 Enterprise has apparently leaked to all your favorite torrents, so aside from some prickly activation issues, it appears that anyone who really wants Windows 8 immediately can make that happen. Microsoft, of course, advises against downloading software from such questionable sources: After all, who knows exactly what you’re getting? And I agree with this advice, though I’d also point out that after all the whining and complaining about Windows 8, no one wants it anyway. Right? Ah, I see. That was all just for show.

My Recommendation for the New Name of Metro

I don’t like the Microsoft recommendations for replacing the name Metro—"Windows 8 Apps" and "Windows 8 UI," respectively—because they’re so temporary. Windows 8 is going to come and go, but the name of this experience needs to be something that lasts between Windows versions, much like the term “desktop” has. Fortunately, there’s a great name we can use, and it’s ready to go: WinRT. You might recall that the new Windows Runtime in Windows 8 is also called WinRT, and that it is to Metro what Win32 is to the desktop environment. So there’s absolutely no reason we couldn’t simply call this thing WinRT and move on from there. It’s a great name.

Follow the link below for the others. Maybe I'll do another one next week, if you want!

Source: WinInfo Short Takes.

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I'm thinking if they don't want to keep the Metro name, it could be:

- Moderno
- Transuniversal
- Metroesque
- Metreaux
- Segoe
- Unimetro

Or whatever. WinRT is a pretty bad name though. Sounds too geeky for many people, mysef included, and isn't just restricted to WinRT devices. Microsoft will likely continuing using the term "metro" without any major actions by Metro AG if they don't heavily market the "metro" part or they'll just use ambiguous terms like 'modern' or 'push' or 'clean' or whatever.

Why not just call it Transit UI? The metro interface was based on the metro transit map. Also the UI does transit between devices. I'm not saying it's perfect but it's far better than calling it Windows 8 Human Graphical Interface System RT ver. 9200 rev.1201.900, or something silly like that. The last but was just for my amusement.

Leopoldo Dante Rodriguez said,
Why not just call it Transit UI? The metro interface was based on the metro transit map. Also the UI does transit between devices. I'm not saying it's perfect but it's far better than calling it Windows 8 Human Graphical Interface System RT ver. 9200 rev.1201.900, or something silly like that. The last but was just for my amusement.

Well depending where you live and all, "transit" might not seem at all appealing. Some public transit systems are awesome, many others are downright terrible. People may even get confused because not everyone clicks the various implementations of Metro to that of transit maps, especially those that don't use transit.

Maybe I'll do another one next week, if you want!

No thanks. I'd prefer a front page article to have more thought and effort put into it than just a copy-and-paste job. That's hardly journalism, unprofessional or otherwise.

Manish said,

No thanks. I'd prefer a front page article to have more thought and effort put into it than just a copy-and-paste job. That's hardly journalism, unprofessional or otherwise.

Agreed.

Metro is graphic design language. WinRT on the other hand is the underlying kernel that run Windows. They are completely different.

This is the first time in history that a design language have to be renamed...lol

flexkeyboard said,
Metro is graphic design language. WinRT on the other hand is the underlying kernel that run Windows. They are completely different.

WinRT is a COM-based API, not a kernel...
The kernel is still NT - as it has been for almost 2 decades now...

MFH said,

WinRT is a COM-based API, not a kernel...
The kernel is still NT - as it has been for almost 2 decades now...

Yeah I know, flex wtf are you on about...

The name WinRT does not make sense as Metro is not only in Windows OS, but is also coming to various Microsoft services such as Office, recently started, Outlook.com and more to come.

It's already been on Windows Phone and Zune much, much earlier than Windows, too.

Why do they feel the need to rename it?

Mazhar said,
The name WinRT does not make sense as Metro is not only in Windows OS, but is also coming to various Microsoft services such as Office, recently started, Outlook.com and more to come.
If you go to Paul's website (http://jmw.me/Puw5a4), he actually addresses this: "And related Metro, excuse me, WinRT user experiences, like those on Windows Phone and Xbox, could simply be renamed to match (e.g. WinPRT and WinXRT, respectively, or whatever)."