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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RE: Metro has a new name
by Sparrowhawk on Sun 5th Aug 2012 19:22 UTC in reply to "Metro has a new name"
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2005-07-11

Or given the less than glowing reviews so far, maybe "Windows Meh"? ;-)

Me(h) grabs coat...

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RE[2]: Metro has a new name
by bassbeast on Sun 5th Aug 2012 23:16 in reply to "RE: Metro has a new name"
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2007-11-11

Nah, "Windows Steve!" complete with exclamation point, since it is Steve's baby after all.

BTW anybody caught any of Sinofsky's talks on WinWhatever? Man they are soooo funny! Count how many times the man says "touchscreens" in his presentations, hell you could make it into a drinking game and get snookered!

I just thinks its hilarious that in a global recession, when MSFT has never had less pull, that Sinofsky has actually convinced himself that "Yeah AMD and Intel may be reporting doom because they can't sell what they have, and the OEMs are having sales up the ying yang just to move what they've got, but you know what will fix that? why raising prices another 45%+ to add touchscreens on systems where they don't make sense! Yeah, that's the ticket!"

I swear the whole Win 8 mess is like a bad SNL sketch. Nobody even stops to think "Hey holding out your arm for hours to poke a vertical screen is painful!" or "Why would anybody with a nice widescreen monitor and perfectly functional keyboard and mouse gonna want to give that up for a lower quality screen with a 40% markup for touch?" nope its touch all the way down at team Redmond.

If anybody has seen that SNL sketch of two American kids badly aping Japanese culture that pretty well sums up Ballmer's MSFT, just replace Japan with Cupertino and you'd have it in one.

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RE[3]: Metro has a new name
by zima on Sat 11th Aug 2012 22:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Metro has a new name"
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2005-07-06

I swear the whole Win 8 mess is like a bad SNL sketch. Nobody even stops to think "Hey holding out your arm for hours to poke a vertical screen is painful!" or "Why would anybody with a nice widescreen monitor and perfectly functional keyboard and mouse gonna want to give that up for a lower quality screen with a 40% markup for touch?"

The primary way Windows gets distributed is via inclusion with new machines ...most of them laptops nowadays (proportions ever increasing in their favour) - and it just so happens that touching the screen on those might be not so bad, with the elbow supported on a ~table right before the laptop body (seriously, try it - that's clearly not "holding out", certainly not "for hours" with the usual UI interactions, not even "a vertical screen")

And in a few short years, the price premium of adding touch might be considered negligible, or even less expensive thanks to standardisation and economies of scale... (once, not a long time ago, it was also unthinkable to many that LCDs might be really cheap and rapidly replace CRTs, same with DAPs/walkmens, laptops/desktops, or touchscreen mobile phones)

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