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Microsoft preparing to drop Metro — the name, that is

CDN CURATED: A trademark dispute may force a language change for how Microsoft describes its tiled UI

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) may be preparing to dump Metro, its tile-based user interface that was first introduced in Windows Mobile 7 and is set to be a key component of the touch-first Windows 8 OS.

(Click to read: Microsoft Looks to Drop Metro Brand)

As reported by Daniel Ionescu of PC World, a leaked Microsoft internal memo indicates there may be trademark issues around the Metro name, which is why Microsoft has now told employees to refer to the interface as “Windows 8 style UI” instead of Metro.

But don’t worry, just the name Metro is at risk; an OS by any other name would respond to your touch as sweetly.

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