'Who's on First' with Windows 8

I love the Abbott and Costello bit, Who's on First. There used to be a poster of it on my dorm room wall. No matter how many times I hear it, I still laugh.

But I hadn't thought of it in a very long time. Not until I read David Pogue's review of Windows 8 in the New York Times. Not sure if Pogue was trying to mimic Abbott and Costello or not. Read the excerpt below from his review and decide for yourself.

There are two new versions of Windows, called Windows 8, for regular PCs and some tablets, and Windows RT, for cheaper tablets and laptops (not to mention Windows 8 Pro, which adds corporate features). Each edition has two environments, which Microsoft calls the desktop and Windows 8. In the Windows 8 environment, you can run only Windows 8 apps from the Windows Store. The Windows 8 version of Windows runs both desktop apps and Windows 8 apps; Windows RT runs only Windows 8 apps. Older apps’ icons can show up in both the desktop and the Windows 8 environment, but Windows 8 apps appear only in the Windows 8 environment. The Windows store sells both kinds of apps, but is the only source of Windows 8 apps.

Third base.

Adding to the Abbott and Costello retrospective is the terminology for the newer type of apps ushered in with Windows 8 and Windows RT.

Borrowing from the immortal words of Bud Abbott: Strange as it may seem, they give apps nowadays very peculiar names.

To which, Microsoft customers are supposed to reply "What's the apps on the home screen called?"

Then the straight man responds:

  • Metro  (legacy)
  • TIFKAM (The Interface Formerly Known As Metro)
  • TileWorld  (David Pogue's term)
  • Windows 8 Apps (from Microsoft)
  • Windows 8 Store apps (from Microsoft)
  • Modern
  • Modern UI-style
  • Windows 8-style
  • Windows store apps 


To avoid living in a 70 year old comedy routine, new PCs should be available with Windows 7 pre-installed for the next couple years.

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