Microsoft could be forced to abandon the Metro name for Windows 8

August 3, 2012

According to The Verge, the Redmond software giant has advised Windows developers to use "New User Interface" rather than “Metro” when referring to their Windows Phone or Windows 8 apps.

The source later broke the news that an internal memo had been sent out to Microsoft employees advising them a change in branding would come about at some point this week.

All of this seems to stem from a possible copyright dispute with an "important European partner", although CNET reports that Microsoft may also be facing a similar trademark dispute from 'some other entity'.

The Metro name has become synonymous with the Windows 8 design and typography since the first previews launched in 2011, and this disruption comes just two months before the first Windows 8 tablets are expected to hit the market.

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