Windows 8 interface's design heritage Summary: Microsoft's new Windows 8 interface, formerly known as Metro, is a clear break from the ageing desktop metaphor. Is it the industry's way forward, or just confusing brand differentiation? Either way, it's got design-history cred. By Stilgherrian | September 13, 2012 -- 23:26 GMT (16:26 PDT) Follow @stilgherrian Previous | Next Image 6 of 8 (Bauhaus typography image by Jan Tschichold, public domain)The Bauhaus school's catchphrase was "form follows function" or, as Morris explained it, "If a sufficient and elegant design is the minimal design necessary to deliver the purpose."Decoration was considered unnecessary. Topics: Windows, Microsoft Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.