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    Microsoft: "Metro" out, "Windows 8-style UI" in

    Microsoft has been using the "Metro" name to describe the new geometric, typography-heavy look-and-feel that is central to Windows 8—and is spreading across the company's entire range of products—ever since it first showed off Windows Phone.
    But sources are telling us that this is coming to an abrupt end after the company's Legal and Corporate Affairs team sent out a memo banning the word "Metro." LCA's memo reportedly says that Microsoft has been threatened with legal action for infringing on "Metro" trademarks held by German retailer Metro AG.
    Read more at:
    Microsoft: “Metro” out, “Windows 8-style UI” in, amid rumors of a trademark dispute | Ars Technica
    Last edited by Brink; 09 Aug 2012 at 23:59.

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  2. #2

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    Windows 7/8

    Uh oh, no more Metro?

    No no no, they are not getting rid of it darn it! but they are likely going to change the name due to trademark dispute if rumors are true.

    It is now the "New User Interface" (bleh!)

    Microsoft advises developers to stop using 'Metro' name in apps following possible trademark dispute | The Verge

    Any other suggestions for a new name?
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    Call it FUDSOFT
    (Forced Upon Desktop, Suitable Only For Tablet)
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    LOLL pp.

    They should just call it the Phone Interface.

    Desktop should be renamed the Main Interface.
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    I really don't see how this can be enforced, after all the two companies are not selling identical merchandise and metro is a very common word.

    That being said the word "metro" has a distinct NEGATIVE connotation to it at least in the USA where people tend to think of it being used with the word sexual, as in the phrase "Metro Sexual". Yes, metro sexuals are slightly effeminate males who are straight but like to be in touch with their feelings and also usually end up buying over priced property or old run down housing in cities where it is trendy to "gentrify" the areas once where skid row housed those down on their luck. Of course those poor souls are run off to be replaced by expensive town homes with BMWs parked outside.

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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    I suspect it is more likely a reaction to all of the "Metro Sucks" comments/reports on the Internet.

    "If we change the name, no one will notice it is still the same awful interface."
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    Not a fan of wikipedia sourcing but apparently no idiot reporter has bothered to do this:

    Did Metro AG ever sue Metro Recordings, the UK music label? Or the 10 billion Metro transportation systems around the world? Or the Metro Broadcast Corporation in Hong Kong? Or Metro TV in Indonesia, or Metro FM radio in South Africa? Or Metro Radio in the UK? Or the Metro Newspapers Co. in Calif.? Or the Metro International media company in Sweden? Or the Metro newspaper of Belgium? Or the Metro newspaper of the UK? Or the Metro newspaper of Zimbabwe? Or Metro the Mexican wrestler? Or the Metro F.C. of New Zealand?

    Metro, a department store chain based in Singapore
    Metro, a Greek supermarket chain
    MetroCentre, largest indoor shopping mall in the European Union
    METRO Foods Trading, retailer in Cyprus
    Metro Inc., a Canadian supermarket chain

    What about the Deltas?
    Delta Airlines
    Delta pen manufacturer
    Delta Cafés, a Portuguese coffee roasting and coffee packaging company
    Delta Electricity, an Australian power generation company
    Delta Electronics, a power supplies and brushless fans manufacturer
    Delta Faucet Company, a plumbing fixtures company
    Delta Galil Industries, an Israeli textile company
    Delta Holding, a Serbian import-export, banking, insurance and retail corporation
    Delta Hotels, a Canadian hotel chain
    Delta Machinery, a stationary power tools and equipment company
    Delta Motor Corporation, a South African car manufacturer owned by General Motors
    Visa Delta

    Target is a big retailer in the U.S. There's also a big retail company in Australia called Target and a big retail company in Canada called Target and none are related.

    I'm not saying there's absolutely no truth to this reason here. But I mean, c'mon....

    Yeah I think it's got more to do with real, actual bad PR at the moment than hypothetical lawsuits. This thing is about to launch and they've put their entire company's reputation on the line with Metro - and at the last minute they're pulling it?

    Even if the reason is 100% lawsuits, did no one IN THE ENTIRE COMPANY ever bother to think about this years ago when they were coming up with the concept?

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    Palm Coast FLorida
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    Windows 8 Pro ($39.99 upgrade)

    Metro = Train

    Windows 8 = Train Wreck
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    Is it just the name they are dropping or the whole UI ?

    We can but hope.
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    Windows 7/8

    I mentioned some time ago (and again today in another thread). They should rename it "Squares" or... possibly "Boxes".
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