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Microsoft ditching the name ‘Metro’ for something more commercial

Say what? Apparently Microsoft is about to ditch the name “Metro” for something more commercial reports The Next Web. It seems as the Redmond-based company will get rid of the name that it had given to the Windows 8 interface as the product official commercial release gets closer.

According to the software giant, “Metro” was just a code name, and not the official one which will be used after launch.

“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,” says the company.

Microsoft has not revealed what the replacement name would be as of yet, although according to TNW, the reports that the word ‘Metro’ had brought litigation issues may indeed prove true, “although Microsoft has made comments to suggest the move is all deliberate (despite the lack of ready-made replacement).”

Bummer. We kinda liked Metro. Now we’ll probably get something generic and boring. Come on, Microsoft. Can’t you just keep it?

Author | Mich Atagana

Mich Atagana
Mich started out life wanting to be a theoretical physicist but soon realized that mathematics was required. So, she promptly let go of that dream. She then decided that law might be the best place for her talents, but with too many litigation classes missed in favour of feminist... More
  • goob

    yep. probably along the lines of ‘Windows 8 RTXTL handson interface deluxe’ It will also come in premium or lite versions.

  • Kat

    Somehow I associate Metro with Metrofail and trains…

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