Microsoft Metro branding to be renamed as Windows 8: Report

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Microsoft Metro branding to be renamed as Windows 8: Report
After several rumours regarding the nixing of Metro branding by the Redmond-based Windows 8 maker because of the possible legal problems from Europe based Metro group, we are now hearing that the company might have settled on Windows 8 to replace in promotional material.

So, there will not be any Metro apps from now, but Windows 8 apps. According to a report in ZDNet, the sources familiar with the development state that rather than fighting for the Metro name, Microsoft has decided to switch and it will opt for the Windows 8 name.

The report further states that references to the "Metro user interface" will now be known as "Windows 8 user interface."

Microsoft also seems to have started informing OEMs about the change, as Lenovo was spotted using the "Windows 8 Applications" instead of Metro apps in the press material of the recently announced ThinkPad Tablet 2. The tablet runs Windows 8 and will go on sale in October.

Microsoft is yet to officially announce anything regarding the Metro branding change.

Originally introduced as a code-name for the tiled interface with bold Segoe-font typographic elements, it soon became a standard to identify the interface.


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