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Microsoft Reportedly Set to Replace Windows “Metro UI” Branding This Week

by Todd Haselton | August 3, 2012August 3, 2012 9:00 am PST

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Microsoft has long referred to its tile-heavy user interface in Windows 8 and Windows Phone as the “Metro UI.” That’s all about to change, however, because the company is reportedly in a trademark dispute with the Germany-based firm Metro AG.

According to The Verge, which first published details on the name change, Microsoft has instructed its employees to refer to the user interface as “WIndows 8 style UI” from here on out. Microsoft is “working on a replacement term” for the Metro UI moniker, although it’s unclear what the company will come up with. Here’s a suggestion: Tile UI. Or how about, Box UI? Box Tile UI? Ok, I’ll leave it to the professionals.

[via The Verge]


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...