Recently, we reported that with the RTM of Windows 8, Microsoft is planning to re-branding the term "Metro UI" used to describe the modern, immersive, fast and fluid nature of the new Windows 8 app design (including "Metro-style applications" would become "Windows 8 applications," and "Metro user interface" would be switched to "Windows 8 user interface") -- Now it looks, Microsoft would be calling it as "Modern UI Style."
According to a report, Microsoft's begun using "Modern UI Style" to describe the Windows 8 Start Screen and the term "Modern UI" to describe Windows 8 apps.
And, an MSDN blog post, this week, references "Modern UI design." In addition, several listings for upcoming events about Windows Azure, Bing Maps, and Windows 8, also reference a Modern UI design language and principles, Modern UI Style apps, and even a Modern UI-Style UI.
Microsoft has yet to make an official statement about the re-branding.
In a Windows 8 app developer post discuss building Windows app with location and sensors. "If you're developing an app for Windows 8 tablets or convertibles, you have access to cutting edge hardware and software services for sensors and location. By tapping into these hardware capabilities, you can add value to your apps and also make them exciting and useful," Microsoft wrote.
"Adding sensor and location functionality to your app can light up new and exciting experiences for users."
"Imagine an app that automatically loads a 3D environment based on the user's current location, and then allows them to navigate the 3D world (pan, tilt) by moving the tablet around in 3D space," Microsoft said.
The pictures below show a Photosynth panorama app that uses sensor fusion to allow natural interactions between the orientation of the device and the Photosynth panorama.
"Sensor fusion combines the outputs of an accelerometer, a gyroscope and a magnetometer to provide a better rotation experience than any of these sensors alone and is exposed through the Windows.Devices.Sensors.OrientationSensor runtime type," explains Microsoft.
You can read the full post here.
In other news, with the development phase of Windows 8 is over, it is reported that Microsoft has already begun discussions about the next release of Windows opertaing system--now codenamed "Windows Blue" which might end up as "Windows 9" or "Windows 8.5."
msftkitchen dug up some LinkedIn profiles of Microsoft employees referencing "Windows 9, and "Windows.next"
First, a release manager mentions Windows 9 in his profile:
Next, a software development engineer (SDE) also mentions Windows 9 in his profile with a position start date of June 2012:
…a senior product manager has Windows 9 listed alongside Windows 8 as a skill in his profile:
Here's what a senior product planner has to say about Windows 9 (or "Windows.next") in her profile:
To note, "Windows Next" (and variations thereabout, such as "Windows.next" and "Windows vNext") became a generic moniker used internally to reflect future versions of Windows, beginning with Windows 7. As you can see in this rather profile:
A user on Winunleaked forum reasons the Windows Blue says, "Windows is blue. Xbox is green. Office is orange. Windows Phone is red. And Microsoft account in recent WP SDK leaked showed up with the flag."