Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Aug 2012 02:12 UTC, submitted by KLU9
Microsoft Eh. Microsoft has instructed its employees to drop the name 'Metro', due to a trademark conflict with an 'an important European partner'. The Verge has learned that Microsoft plans to unveil a new name next week. Considering Microsoft has been beating the Metro drum for quite a few years now, this all seems a bit silly. The European partner in question is believed to be Metro AG, a huge collection of electronic retail stores covering several different chains (I've got a few within a few kilometres of my middle-of-nowhere hick hometown). Depending on what they come up with, I will continue to use the Metro name. I like it, and I don't give a rat's bum about trademark disputes.
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How about "Windows" while they are at it?
by Morgan on Sat 4th Aug 2012 03:30 UTC
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It's interesting to see the tables turned; I remember back when Microsoft was all too eager to sue a home improvement company for having a website name with the word "windows" despite the company owning the trademark long before Bill Gates bought and re-released DOS.

But really, "Windows" 8 isn't an apt name anymore (not that "Metro" ever was). I think they should call it "Tiles" instead. That way it's more relevant to the product, and still gives them the opportunity to sue home improvement companies. ;)

Edited 2012-08-04 03:31 UTC

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