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Microsoft re-christens Metro as Modern UI

Following its abandonment of the 'Metro-style' moniker last week after a reputed copyright infringement complaint, Microsoft has found a new name for its latest user interface.

The US tech titan has apparently re-dubbed its new, tile-based interface the 'Modern-style UI,' with the company's website showing a raft of references to the changed title in its events section.

Seminars forming part of a New York-based DevCamp series, for instance, now cover topics including (opens in new tab) "Designing Apps with Modern UI Principles and Windows Personality" and "Everything Web Developers Must Know to Build Modern UI-style Apps."

The title refresh comes after reports surfaced last week claiming that a Germany company, Metro AG, was asserting its rights to the name. At the time, Microsoft officials maintained that Metro was only ever a working title and that it was always intended for a new name to evolve as the new line of products were developed.

Staff and developers were consequently instructed to cease all references to a 'Metro-style UI' and call the colourful live-tiled user interface the 'Windows 8-style UI' instead while a final name was being decided.

A similarly unconvincing party line has continued into the era of the 'Modern-style UI,' with Microsoft now claiming that the current software appellation was intended all along.

The loss of the Metro-style moniker, which Microsoft has worked with throughout much of its recent world tour hyping up Windows 8, wrepresented a significant marketing conundrum if little more. (opens in new tab)

The loss of the Metro-style moniker just a few months before Windows 8 is set to hit shelves represented a marketing conundrum, if little more, as Microsoft had touted the Metro label through out the recent world tour dedicated to hyping its upcoming OS.

Microsoft recently pushed Windows 8 into Release-to-Manufacturer mode, with everything apart from the naming quagmire going according to plan thus far ahead of a confirmed 26 October launch for Windows 8, which will appear alongside the Surface tablet.

For more on Microsoft and Windows 8, check out our step-by-step guide to dual booting of Windows 7 and Windows 8, or our recent hands-on analysis of the new OS in a tablet environment.

James Laird
James Laird

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