Developers working on apps for the Windows 8 Metro interface say that Microsoft is pushing them to follow some fairly specific guidelines. For example, a Windows 8 search charm always appears on the right side of the screen. Application-specific functions live on a bar at the bottom of the screen, and that bar disappears until called up with a finger swipe. In addition, applications display dynamic content in Metro’s “Live Tiles.”
According to Microsoft, when developers follow these guidelines, it makes things easier for users because they always know where to find certain features.