gsmarena 001 Microsoft drops Metro because of branding conflict

Windows 8 is set to launch only a few months from today, but don’t expect the term 'Metro' to stick around.  Microsoft has officially suspended use of Metro—codename for its typography-based design—due to legal issues with a German company.

Windows 8 is set to launch only a few months from today, but don’t expect the term 'Metro' to stick around.  Microsoft has officially suspended use of Metro—codename for its typography-based design—due to legal issues with a German company. 

gsmarena 001 Microsoft drops Metro because of branding conflict

According to a memo released from an unnamed source, Microsoft said that after an “important” discussion with a European partner, the Redmond software giant decided to “discontinue the use” of the Metro branding in Windows 8 and future Microsoft products.

Microsoft employees as well as developers are asked cease using and associating the term to any Microsoft products.  Also, according to the memo, Microsoft is “working on a replacement term…and plans to land on that by the end of this week.”  Until a new branding is coined, employees will use “Windows 8 style UI” instead. 

Windows 8 is set to launch on October 26 alongside the Surface RT tablet.

Source: The Verge
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