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Microsoft drops 'Metro' name for Windows 8 UI

Microsoft tells developers not to use 'Metro' name for new look Windows 8 interface

Windows 8 features a new tile-based user interface, but it is no longer called Metro.
Windows 8 features a new tile-based user interface, but it is no longer called Metro.

Microsoft has been forced to drop the name ‘Metro' to describe the new Windows 8 user interface.

The new tile-based interface, which is used by Windows 8 and other products such as Windows Phone and Zune, had been referred to as ‘Metro' since it was first shown, but Microsoft has now internally told its developers to drop the moniker.

It is thought that Microsoft had faced legal action from "an important European" partner, which the BBC says is believed to be German retail Metro AG, which owns the trademark.

In internal memos reported in some tech sites, Microsoft is instructing developers to refer to the interface as a "Windows 8 style UI". Officially, Microsoft says that Metro was only ever a codename, and was not intended to be used for the final product.

Microsoft shipped finished code of Windows 8 to manufacturers (RTM) last week.