Microsoft Metro Malarky

Microsoft has let it be known in no uncertain terms to it's employees that the term Metro, referring to the appearance of the Windows 8 and Windows phone UI, is no longer welcome in the Halls of Redmond. Apparently, someone goofed and they had to change it to something else, lest they offend a "European Partner". Fine, I get that. However, there is something about the way they announced this - or rather sneaked it in - that seems ... offensive is probably too strong, but certainly insulting to our intelligence and reeking of an old-time totalitarian disinformation campaign.

Not only are they now carefully combing through websites and documents in an effort to expunge any existing or previous Metro references - it's now "Windows 8 UI" for the present - but they have adopted a weird "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain" sort of mindset. Like trying to do the old Steve Jobs Jedi mind trick thing, but without his panache and public persona. They now insist that Metro was never anything but a code name, and that all us silly folks should have known that, haha - despite Mr. Ballmer's previous bellowed pronunciations to the contrary.

As I said, I don't particularly care what they call the wretched thing - they can call it Microsoft Bob II if they like; just don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining...

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