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Old 08-04-2012, 06:53 AM   #1
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Microsoft to drop "Metro" name for Windows 8

Microsoft have dropped the name "Metro" for the new Windows 8 user interface in an apparent trademark dispute with the German retailer Metro AG, according to BBC News:

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A potential trademark dispute has forced Microsoft to drop the Metro name for Windows 8's blocky, tile-based interface.

Talks with an "important European partner" have brought about the change according to internal memos seen by tech news site The Verge.

The partner is believed to be German retail giant Metro AG.

Microsoft is currently working out what to call the interface and said the new name would be announced soon.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19108952
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:03 AM   #2
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It was a horrible name anyway.
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:24 AM   #3
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:36 AM   #4
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I believe there is a chain of free newspapers titled Metro as well. Perhaps the new name will be Urban.
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:37 AM   #5
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I believe there is a chain of free newspapers titled Metro as well.
In the UK there is, yes, but that's not necessarily a problem when it comes to trademarks. Trademarks are registered for specific fields, and two (or more) companies can use the same trademarked name in different fields.
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Old 08-04-2012, 08:30 AM   #6
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In the UK there is, yes, but that's not necessarily a problem when it comes to trademarks. Trademarks are registered for specific fields, and two (or more) companies can use the same trademarked name in different fields.
Yeap. We have there in france too.

And "métro" also define the paris trains.
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:49 AM   #7
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Are we in danger of running out of names? All the good ones are already taken, especially if they begin with "I". I guess this is why Android releases have such "unique" names.
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Why bother with stupid names where you can't even tell by looking at them which ones are the newest release? Why not just call it Windows 8? The Android names are the stupidest. They aren't stocking a candy shop or something.
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Old 08-04-2012, 02:34 PM   #9
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Why bother with stupid names where you can't even tell by looking at them which ones are the newest release? Why not just call it Windows 8?
The OS is still called Windows 8. It's the UI that was called 'metro'. OS =/ UI.
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Old 08-04-2012, 02:39 PM   #10
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The Android names are the stupidest. They aren't stocking a candy shop or something.
The Android ones at least subtly indicate order of versions though.

Now, if we could only get MS to drop the interface while they drop the name, and there may be some chance of saving Win 8. (Obviously, not happening, since Win 8 went RTM recently.)
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Why bother with stupid names where you can't even tell by looking at them which ones are the newest release? Why not just call it Windows 8? The Android names are the stupidest. They aren't stocking a candy shop or something.
I like the way Ubuntu does it. Each release has a (silly) name, but also it as a number, the year/month of its release. The 12.04 release is called Precise Pangolin. You can easily tell how old a version is this way.... How old is my XP box anyways?
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Old 08-04-2012, 03:09 PM   #12
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Why bother with stupid names where you can't even tell by looking at them which ones are the newest release? Why not just call it Windows 8? The Android names are the stupidest. They aren't stocking a candy shop or something.
The Android ones go up alphabetically, so it's actually trivially simple to tell if one version is later than another - if it starts with a later letter of the alphabet, it's a later release.
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Personally I like the idea of the "year" after the name.

Windows 95 was the best!
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Wasn't Windows 98 better?
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