metro

  • Mozilla Cancels Firefox For Metro, Cites Fewer Than 1,000 Daily Active Users

    Mozilla Cancels Firefox For Metro, Cites Fewer Than 1,000 Daily Active Users

    Mozilla today announced that it will halt development of its Firefox for Windows 8 Metro browser after about a year-and-a-half of development. According to Mozilla’s Firefox VP Jonathan Nightingale, the organization has never seen more than 1,000 active daily users for the Metro app, so in order to free up resources for products that have traction, Mozilla has decided to pull the plug… Read More

  • Cross-Platform Drag-And-Drop App Maker Tiggzi Launches Windows 8 Support

    Cross-Platform Drag-And-Drop App Maker Tiggzi Launches Windows 8 Support

    Tiggzi, a DIY mobile app maker, just announced that it has added support for Windows 8 to its cross-platform drag-and-drop development suite. The services, which already offered support for Windows Phone, Android and iOS, will now allow users to create Metro-style apps with support for all the standard Windows 8 features like Live Tiles, Snap views and the Share and Search charms. Read More

  • Get Your Ass To Metro (Windows 8)

    Get Your Ass To Metro (Windows 8)

    Love it or hate it, Windows 8 is a big deal and it’s only going to get bigger. Particularly the Metro side. The Windows Store will bring app store economics to the PC in a way that most users have never experienced before, and that represents a golden opportunity for developers. However they will have to move incredibly quickly to get ahead of the rush. Read More

  • Clearing Up The Confusion: It’s “The New Windows 8 UI” – Not “Metro UI”

    Clearing Up The Confusion: It’s “The New Windows 8 UI” – Not “Metro UI”

    Ever since we heard the first rumors about Microsoft dropping the “Metro” moniker for its new touch interface and its app, there has been a lot of confusion about what the new interface should be called. Is it the new Windows UI? Windows 8-style UI? Are they Windows 8 apps or Windows Store app? Is it still Metro and all the rumors were false? Even just a day before the launch… Read More

  • Mozilla’s First Preview Release Of Firefox Metro Arrives On Windows 8

    Mozilla’s First Preview Release Of Firefox Metro Arrives On Windows 8

    With the official launch of Windows 8 just around the corner, Mozilla today unveiled its first preview release of Firefox Metro. The Metro version of Firefox, Mozilla says, was “designed from the ground up for Windows 8″ and already includes many of the usual Firefox tools and features. Despite the fact that this version is called “Firefox Metro,” this version runs in… Read More

  • PSA For Win8 Devs: The Only Way To Distribute Your Metro Apps Is Through The Windows Store

    PSA For Win8 Devs: The Only Way To Distribute Your Metro Apps Is Through The Windows Store

    Here is a reminder for developers who want to write apps for Windows 8′s Metro mode (or whatever Microsoft prefers to call it these days): the only way to distribute your apps to consumers is through the Windows Store. This isn’t actually a new policy but one that Microsoft announced a year ago. Judging from this Hacker News thread, though, this still comes as a surprise to… Read More

  • Where Are The Killer Apps For Windows 8 Metro?

    Where Are The Killer Apps For Windows 8 Metro?

    Love it or hate it, but Windows 8 will soon arrive on computers around you. While virtually all of your old programs will likely run without a hitch in desktop mode, it’s the Windows 8 Metro interface (or whatever Microsoft now wants to call it), that brings the biggest changes to the OS for users and developers alike. What Microsoft really needs right now more than anything else, though… Read More

  • Windows 8 Is “A Cognitive Burden”

    Windows 8 Is “A Cognitive Burden”

    It’s hard to blame Microsoft for making bold decisions with its upcoming desktop operating system. But the renamed Windows 8-style UI (or Modern UI) instead of Metro might be too great a departure from known and trusted interactions found in the previous versions of Windows. According to Raluca Budiu, User Experience Specialist with Nielsen Norman Group, who gave an interview to… Read More

  • As Windows 8 Nears Public Debut, Microsoft Ditches “Metro” Brand (P.S. It Doesn’t Matter)

    As Windows 8 Nears Public Debut, Microsoft Ditches “Metro” Brand (P.S. It Doesn’t Matter)

    Microsoft is abandoning its “Metro” branding – the branding that refers to the clean, modern, tiled layout that defines many of its consumer-facing products including Windows 8, Windows Phone, Xbox 360, Office 2013 and more. For over a year, Microsoft has talked about “Metro” in press conferences, blog posts, tutorials, and guides. The reason for the change has to… Read More

  • Chrome For Metro Set To Arrive In Next Dev Channel Release

    Chrome For Metro Set To Arrive In Next Dev Channel Release

    As the release of Windows 8 draws closer, all of the major browser vendors are also preparing to launching their applications for the touch-centric Metro UI that will prominently feature in next version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system. Today, Google announced that – assuming you are running the Release Preview of Windows 8 – you’ll soon be able to test Chrome… Read More

  • Microsoft Kinectimals Appears On The iPhone, As Cute As Can Be

    Microsoft Kinectimals Appears On The iPhone, As Cute As Can Be

    Microsoft has ported Kinectimals, the Xbox 360 game that involves the care and feeding of dangerous animals in the wild, to the iPhone, suggesting that (at least in the short term) even Microsoft sees the value of releasing on iOS. The $2.99 game recreates the Xbox version fairly faithfully but without the Kinect motion controls. Interestingly, the app also allows you to “unlock”… Read More

  • Video: Ads appear only when you do

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/mmedia/player/wpniplayer_viral.swf?thisObj=fo237277&vid=040408-19v_title Who’s ready for even more high-tech ads? Short on cash, the metro in DC will install a type of interactive ad, apparently already present in other public transportation hubs around the U.S. The ads only appear once you walk by. Once someone has walked past an ad, an… Read More