Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Aug 2012 21:38 UTC
Windows "Here's the official guidance, my sources say: Anything currently/formerly known as a 'Metro-Style application' (with or without a hyphen) will now be known officially as a 'Windows 8 application'. References to the 'Metro user interface' will now be replaced by "Windows 8 user interface." And instead of saying 'Metro design', the Softies and those adhering to their official guidelines will be using the words 'Windows 8 design'." Microsoft not being allowed to use the Metro name here is just as ridiculous as Apple trolling Samsung. All ridiculous exponents of the western world's IP fetish.
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Not so ridiculous
by ins0mniac on Fri 10th Aug 2012 17:03 UTC
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Metro AG owns the trademark for Metro. It's theirs and they don't want anybody else to use it, that's the point of trademarks, isn't it? And I do think they are entirely appropriate to consider that there would be confusion. Try explaining to a small shop owner that uses Metro AG as his supplier that the new computer/tablet/phone that he just bought has nothing to do with Metro AG, but rather with the typical american ignorance of the obscure place called 'the rest of the world'.
You can't just use a trademark belonging to one of your important partners and forget to ask them if that's ok.

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