Microsoft Forced To Drop The Name “Metro”

Today it was confirmed that Microsoft have had to stop using the ‘Metro’ name for their new Windows 8 overlay. It’s been reported that Microsoft have had to start telling developers that they should refrain from using the word ‘Metro’ throughout their applications. Rather than using ‘Metro’, staff and devlopers are to (for the time being at least) refer to it as “The New User Interface”.

It was later confirmed that Microsoft have had to stop using the term ‘Metro’ because of an on going dispute between Microsoft and a German company called Metro AG. So as of right now, no one at Microsoft is to use the term ‘Metro’ when referring to the new unified user interface.

A Microsoft spokesman had this to say about the whole situation:

[quote]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 dialog to a broad consumer dialog we will use our commercial names.[/quote]

Microsoft refused to comment on whether the move away from Metro naming is related to any potential trademark dispute with German company, Metro AG. Or what the new “commercial name” for ‘The New User Interface’ will be.

Microsoft Forced To Drop The Name “Metro”
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