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Microsoft To Change 'Metro' Interface Name With Immediate Effect

 2:10 pm on Aug 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

Microsoft To Change 'Metro' Interface Name With Immediate Effect
Microsoft is killing off the use of its Metro design name to describe a tiled interface in Windows Phone and Windows 8. We brought you news of the change earlier today, but a tipster has provided an internal memo sent to Microsoft employees confirming the move. In it, Microsoft reveals that "discussions with an important European partner" led to the decision to "discontinue the use" of the Metro branding for Windows 8 and other Microsoft products one that employees must adhere to immediately.

The Windows team is "working on a replacement term" according to the memo, "and plans to land on that by the end of this week." Until then, employees have been advised to refer to the Metro style user interface as the "Windows 8 style UI." The memo was distributed to employees earlier this week, so we expect to hear official news about the Metro replacement by the weekend.



 3:42 pm on Aug 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

Using the same name as a UK daily newspaper probably wasn't the best idea for selling a product on this side of the Atlantic.


 10:30 pm on Aug 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

Or the same name as a transportation network in several major cities....


 10:49 pm on Aug 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

Or the European wholesale supermarket chain...


 1:46 am on Aug 7, 2012 (gmt 0)

How many people even know what the name of the desktop environment in Windows Vista and Windows 7 is?


 5:49 am on Aug 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

Metro AG (german supermarket group) told microsoft nicely to not use it or else...

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