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

by Doug Drinkwater

August 3 2012

Microsoft looks like it wants to drop the Metro UI name for Windows 8, over possible fears of a trademark dispute.

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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