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Sep 21 2012   2:04PM GMT

TIFKAM vs. Windows Store: Where’s the Juice?

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

For the past week or so, I’ve been batting around an acronym for the Windows 8 default GUI. TIFKAM stands for “the interface formerly known as Metro,” and is gaining currency in some circles as a way to talk about something that is still groping for a catchy name. Of course, Microsoft controls the nomenclature involved, but even they seem a bit hesitant to hang a new moniker on the tile-based and color-heavy Windows 8 GUI used outside the legacy desktop environment.

Because the Windows Store is where TIFKAM apps live MS makes reference by location.

Because the Windows Store is where TIFKAM apps live MS makes reference by location.

But we just got a clue which way the folks in Redmond are leaning with the re-labeling of one of its Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) credentials. As of late last week the certification previously named MCSD: Metro Style Apps has been recast as MCSD: Windows Store Apps. I think this represents a neat way to sidestep the naming issue of what to call the interface by referring to where the resulting apps live instead of the GUI itself — namely, in the Windows Store online (a part of the Start screen layout for both Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 by default).

Whether or not the ‘Softies will come up with a nifty name for TIFKAM is up to them, I guess. But in the meantime, we have some idea which way they’re leaning!

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