Microsoft is set to remove the Metro name from Windows 8 after a potential dispute over its trademark use. The dispute has arisen from a European company called Metro AG, who is a Microsoft partner and it has seen Microsoft drop the Metro name to avoid any legal battle.
At the moment, Microsoft are currently deciding what to call the new interface with an announcement in due course. The Metro style interface will be seen in the upcoming release of Windows 8 and Windows Phone and has been using the Metro name since the designs were first unveiled.
Microsoft has sent a memo to its developers informing them not to use the Metro name when referring to the interface and should refer to it as “Windows 8 style UI” for the moment.
Microsoft told The Verge that the Metro name will longer be used, "We have used Metro style as a code name during the product development cycle across many of our product lines. As we get closer to launch and transition from industry dialogue to a broad consumer dialogue we will use our commercial names."
Published on Friday 03 August 2012 @ 14:32:01 by ANDYW
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