Why Microsoft no longer wants to call Windows 8 design as Metro?
Now that Microsoft has released Windows 8 to manufacturing, the company has decided to drop the use of the word ‘Metro’ to refer to the design of the new operating system. It’s quite surprising as in the past, Microsoft has always called the Windows 8 interface as the Metro UI.
Not just Windows 8, but the design of its mobile operating system Windows Phone 7 was also described as Metro.
So, let’s find out what prompted Microsoft to drop Metro from its design language for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.
Possible reasons for Microsoft’s decision to drop Metro
According to Tom Warren, a senior editor at The Verge, Microsoft’s discussions with a European partner resulted in the company’s decision to stop using the term Metro for its products. Microsoft has notified Windows developers that they should not use the term ‘Metro’ to refer to the Windows 8 or Windows Phone design. An internal memo has also been released by the company to its employees informing them about the move.
When ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley contacted Microsoft to know the reason for the company’s decision to kill the Metro name, a spokesperson said that:
[quote]We have usedÂ Metro style as a code name during the product development cycle across many of our product lines. As we get closer to launch and transition from industry dialog to a broad consumer dialog we will use our commercial names.[/quote]
There’s speculation that a copyright dispute with German company Metro AG regarding the use of the word ‘Metro’ could have resulted in the change. But Microsoft has denied that they are involved in any litigation over the use of the term ‘Metro’.