Windows 8 Style Apps?

Windows 8 Style Apps?

While watching the live video from the Microsoft Office Preview event, me and my colleagues all had the same reaction (almost simultaneously in different locations) and we posted it to Twitter at roughly the same time:

Microsoft all made us scratch our heads because I think we've all gotten used to the term "Metro style apps".  Originally this term seemed awkward (especially the use of the work 'style' in it), but we all got used to it.  We wrote posts about it.  We gave presentations about it.  The term maybe even grew on us a bit.  So now Microsoft seems like they're going to replace it with "Windows 8 Style Applications"?  Immediate reaction from my colleague @brianlagunas:

I think we've had some time to digest this (pun intended) and maybe it's time to revisit the term and whether or not Microsoft meant this as a replacement term because I have my doubts.  Here's my theory:

There is a lot of confusion in the software world regarding the Metro design language.  For starters, when it is applied to an immersive, full-screen Windows 8 application that is launched from the Start screen, we have been calling that a "Metro style app".  But what do you call a desktop application running on Windows 8 that has been styled using the Metro design language in an attempt to fit in with the system even though it is running in the classic desktop?  It is still technically "Metro style".  Is it possible that Microsoft was just referring to this scenario?  That's my theory at the moment but I'd really like some clarification from Microsoft on this soon.  It's hard to communicate these things to customers when there are competing terms floating around.

What are your thoughts?  I'd really be interested in hearing them, so comment on this post or find me on Twitter @brentschooley.