At present, Microsoft seems to be calling the API for creating Metro style apps on Windows 8, “Windows Run Time”; it is also being called WinRt.

We already have two tags for this: and . We only need one!


My vote is for . This is what Google says, and what everyone appears to be calling it.

  • Ok can you make windows-runtime a synonyms for winrt, so no one else tries to create it as a tag. – Ian Ringrose Sep 14 '11 at 15:48
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    @Ian: You're the only one calling it windows-runtime. :P – user102937 Sep 14 '11 at 15:51
  • @RobertHarvey: Irony. – user1228 Sep 14 '11 at 15:58
  • @Robert, WinRt does not do any better at present, but give it a fews days for the questions to start flowing... – Ian Ringrose Sep 14 '11 at 16:02
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    MSDN calls it "Windows Runtime" in most docs, so you can bet someone will use this. A synonym is a good idea. – Pavel Minaev Sep 15 '11 at 3:45
  • And here I always thought WinRT was this: pds-site.com/Bsquare/WinRT/default.htm – Gabe Sep 15 '11 at 6:24
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    @Gabe: Yeah, I saw that too. We'll need a cage fight to solve it. – user102937 Sep 15 '11 at 6:30

I vote . IMHO, it is a lot more likely that the average user would know what that means than .

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    We don't care about the "average user" as SO is a programmer's site. – Ian Ringrose Sep 14 '11 at 15:11
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    The average user of SO. – John Sep 14 '11 at 15:15
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    windows-runtime is far too ambiguous. There are many such runtimes (i.e. any runtime that executes in a Windows environment). It should probably be either windows-8-runtime or winrt – user102937 Sep 14 '11 at 15:17
  • @Robert windows-8-runtime I understand, but I fail to see how winrt is less ambiguous than windows-runtime. – John Sep 14 '11 at 15:26
  • @John winrt may be unclear to those unfamiliar with it, but it's not ambiguous because other Windows runtimes aren't referred to as "winrt". – Matthew Read Sep 14 '11 at 15:32
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    winrt is a "proper" name, like "John." – user102937 Sep 14 '11 at 15:34
  • @RobertHarvey: Well, WinRt, but tags don't support capitalization... – user1228 Sep 14 '11 at 15:59
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    Most people who worked with it so far know it as WinRT, and it's also what's used in the source code and thereabouts - e.g. header files for it in Developer Preview are in "C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Include\winrt\", and the most fundamental one is called "winrt.h". Users on MSDN forums also seem to be mostly using "WinRT". I'd suggest sticking to that, especially as it is a fairly unique label that is also convenient for search engines and such. – Pavel Minaev Sep 14 '11 at 22:34

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