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It seems that a lot of things will be changing in Windows 8 beyond its interface as reports surface of the death of both the Zune and Windows Live brands.

We’ve already seen that Windows 8 will have a new logo, and a recent screenshot confirmed Bing Maps, Skydrive and more, but as the release of the Consumer Preview draws closer, it now seems that two long standing brand names are heading to the chopping block: Zune and Windows Live.

Apparently Microsoft is trying to make things a little less confusing for users in the next iteration of the worlds most used operating system, and to that end the company will be trying to label things a bit more clearly.  The Verge reports on some of the name changes we can expect to see and what they used to be called:

  • Microsoft Account (Windows Live ID)
  • Mail (Windows Live Mail)
  • Calendar (Windows Live Calendar)
  • People (Windows Live Contacts)
  • Photos (Windows Live Photo Gallery)
  • Music (Zune Music Player)
  • Video (Zune Video Player)

Before the final release it has been rumored that Video, Music and Games may actually get a different name and be placed under “Xbox Live for Windows.” Currently this sounds much simpler in the way of names, and putting them all under another brand name feels like a big step backwards, but when you have a successful brand you want to push, you might as well.

[via The Verge]