Archive for August 2012
… should not be called ‘The New Windows 8 User Experience!’ It sounds stupid, and no one is saying it, so we need something different.
Oh, and most people are still calling it ‘Metro.’ I know, because yesterday, Justin and I were at the Windows 8 Developers Camp. (Which is, by the way, great stuff! Very informational, educational, and a good time was had by all.)
So what should we call it?
Do you know what surprises me more than the fact that Microsoft allowed this marketing error? The dearth of suggestions on the internet for the replacement name. Either nobody really cares, (like I said, people are still calling it Metro) or nobody knows what to call it. So, I’ll start the naming game for you…
Let’s call it…
Don’t like it? Fine, then you come up with something. All I know is that I’m getting annoyed with all this “the operating system user experience formerly known as Metro” rubbish.
Why X-TRO? Well, it’s short, and it’s certainly catchy to see in print. It could be written Xtro, you know, like Xbox, so it’s even consistent for Microsoft.
Maybe we could have the Xphone instead of the cumbersomely-named ”Windows Phone” which brings to mind the blue screen of death. Who wants that phone? Well I’ve got an Xphone, and you know what, it’s really cool, with the Xtro / Xbox style user interface, I’ve gotten rather fond of it.
So that’s my suggestion.
… because after all, it’s not really about ”ME” anymore.
…or as one of my old heroes would say, “What’s all this XAML stuff, anyway?”
Frankly, I have no idea. All I know is C#, C, various assemblys (sic) and FORTH.
As you may already know, I downloaded the Windows 8 Developers Preview, mucked about with it for a couple days and ended up having to do the whole refresh thing. Yup. And all my apps; I get to re-install them, because the only apps Win8 keeps after a refresh are the ones you buy on the Windows App Store.
OK, so basically, now I’m an amateur Windows 8 Metro developer. …or maybe not. I’m not sure “Hello World” counts in any language. After all, it’s just a start. So I’ll keep following the tutorials and see where I end up. Eventually, I’ll ask Justin for some cool graphics, code up an app and we’ll publish it. Not much of a plan, I know. Does that make us ‘indie’? <grin>
Anyway, just wait until you see what we do with it! I’ve got a great idea…!