Microsoft Torpedoes Metro Branding in Windows 8, UI Stays the Same
According to various reports, the name change may have something to do with overseas copyright concerns. In a statement to Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet, a Microsoft spokesperson was a bit cagey regarding the reason, saying only "We have used 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."
No longer branded as the Metro UI, Microsoft employees have been told to call the touch-friendly interface the "Windows 8 style UI" until the marketing team can think of something better.
So apparently Metro was just a code name all along. According to a supposed internal memo, Microsoft's Windows team is currently trying to come up with a replacement brand "and plans to land on that by the end of this week," which would be today or tomorrow. In the meantime, employees have been instructed to refer to the interface as the Windows 8 style UI.