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Microsoft to drop 'Metro' name for Windows 8

By on August 4, 2012 8:44:14 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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A potential trademark dispute has forced Microsoft to drop the Metro name for Windows 8's blocky, tile-based interface.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19108952

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August 4, 2012 8:52:12 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

What works for America doesnt always go over so well elsewhere.

Chevrolet had problems marketing the Chevy Nova automobile in Latin America. Since no va means "it doesn't go" in Spanish, the oft-repeated story goes, Latin American car buyers shunned the car, forcing Chevrolet to embarrassedly pull the car out of the market.

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August 4, 2012 8:54:02 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

SHITRO Is my 2 cents for the new name.

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August 5, 2012 3:54:04 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Right! I'm going to call BS on this. Not that MS is dropping the Metro name but because they say it's a copyright issue. A German retail giant can stop a name for an OS, a common used name for a lot of other businesses, hmmmm. It's not the US, think a European court could see the difference between a product and a company.

I'll put my tin foil hat on ... and say the MS found it too much of a problem securing web sites, trying to market a product that is now has a tarnished name and just generally think that what they had planed for the new look 'Metro' is not going their way.

So a lot of smart guys got around a big table and asked how can we fix this bad Metro perception. I know lets call it Windows 8 ...

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August 5, 2012 5:22:49 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I like you......you're funny. Here's a good alternative. Windows Egg......

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August 5, 2012 6:54:11 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Okay, so what's this German retail giant going to do about the French using "Metro" for their underground rail system?

And the bus company in Tasmania called "Metro"?

Or the computer repair place in Brisbane called Metro PC?

Not to mention the George St. Brisbane bar called the Metro

And my dress-up/going into the big city shoes... called my Metro shoes, as opposed to my stay-at-home slippers named: "my stay-at-home slippers".

Yeah, Metro is too widely used to be trademarkable, in my opinion.... and I'm sure the Metro Brothel owners in Ipswich would agree, as would the licensee of the Metro Hotel [orright, it's really called the Metropole, but what's a little pole between friends] in Brisbane St. Ipswich.

Anyway, that's all beside the point, MS needs to change the name from Metro, and I vote for 'Optional'... as in optional by name and optional by nature.  In fact, I reckon there should be a Windows 8 version that is Metro -less... to save those of us with any remaining sense and dignity the pain and indignation of having to click the opt out of Metro button during installation.

Moreover, I propose that MS and Mozilla bite the browser wars bullet and have the latest version of Firefox pre-installed on ALL Windows 8 versions.  I mean, with metered internet these days, and it's so expensive, too, it's costing us to download Firefox and I can't see why MS and Mozilla just can't get along.

The other thing I want in Windows 8 is a Total Google blocker.... do that, MS and I'll happily buy 2 licenses for $39.99.

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August 5, 2012 7:19:05 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting tazgecko,
A German retail giant can stop a name for an OS,

Perhaps they didn't want their good name associated with an impending fail of epic proportions.

Where were they when American motorists were introduced to the Geo Metro?  1/3 of a car with 3/8 of a motor.

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August 5, 2012 7:31:26 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Wizard1956,

Perhaps they didn't want their good name associated with an impending fail of epic proportions.


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August 5, 2012 7:37:30 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

this reminds me when cadbury got all psycho over the colour purple and bought the rights to it cause another company wanted to use it...

 

i have a name for microsoft if they want it....

 

"Hell Gates"

"Microsperm"

"Kill Bill"

.... just a few suggestions...

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August 5, 2012 8:21:33 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Vampothika,
"Microsperm"

Isn't that the particularly virulent strain that could break through condoms, and was developed by a former world leader to ensure his seed carried on the family name?

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August 5, 2012 8:39:25 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I like the name of the article listed in the related threads are at the bottom of that news post titled Valve: Windows 8 a 'catastrophe''.  So that's an excellent Metro replacement name, just call it the 'catastrophe' UI!

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August 5, 2012 9:15:08 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Windows Fiasco  

 

Hey, that does have a nice ring to it.

 

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August 5, 2012 9:29:40 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

That's a real good one too Wiz!

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August 5, 2012 10:05:52 AM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Well, if they want to get back to being able to customise things instead of The One Desktop To Rule Them All, how about <Insert Name Here>?  Let the users decide on a witty name to apply when the new interface is loaded.

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August 5, 2012 11:30:10 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting MarvinKosh,
Let the users decide on a witty name to apply when the new interface is loaded.

 

Window PAIN.

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August 5, 2012 11:41:23 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Windows Bain.

Windows H8.

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August 5, 2012 1:17:43 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Okay, in all seriousness, since it resembles the Speed Dial on most browsers, and it's sort of like the Xbox dashboard, they could try combining those in some way to come up with a new name.

ERMAHGERD SPERDBERD!

Hahaha no.

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August 5, 2012 1:37:14 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Wizard1956,
What works for America doesnt always go over so well elsewhere.

Chevrolet had problems marketing the Chevy Nova automobile in Latin America. Since no va means "it doesn't go" in Spanish, the oft-repeated story goes, Latin American car buyers shunned the car, forcing Chevrolet to embarrassedly pull the car out of the market.
Where the hell do you get this stuff?  

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August 5, 2012 1:44:31 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting RedneckDude,

Quoting Wizard1956, reply 1What works for America doesnt always go over so well elsewhere.

Chevrolet had problems marketing the Chevy Nova automobile in Latin America. Since no va means "it doesn't go" in Spanish, the oft-repeated story goes, Latin American car buyers shunned the car, forcing Chevrolet to embarrassedly pull the car out of the market.

 

Where the hell do you get this stuff?  

 

Certainly not from snopes! http://www.snopes.com/business/misxlate/nova.asp

 

Even though the story is false, I'm sure there have been a number of similar if less popular examples.

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August 5, 2012 1:51:36 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

How about Windows Retro?

Graphically, they are going backwards.

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August 5, 2012 1:59:10 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Good find, jackswift85. The source I used never claimed it to be true, just oft-repeated.

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August 5, 2012 2:01:56 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,
Windows Bain.

Quoting Jafo,
Window PAIN.

We already have plenty of four-letter names for Windows 8.

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August 5, 2012 7:39:16 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Windows the User Slayer.  'cause we're killing ourselves laughing at it.

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August 5, 2012 9:37:03 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Jafo,
Window PAIN.

Yeah, Purposefully And Intentionally Niggling

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August 5, 2012 10:23:42 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Wizard1956,
Perhaps they didn't want their good name associated with an impending fail of epic proportions.

A large company like MS would not give up a brand they had spent a lot of time and money creating. It would fight tooth and nail to keep it (and win). The only reason to give up a brand, if the brand is not worth keeping.... Still nothing has changed, it's the same beast, no matter what you call it.

Windows Squares

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August 5, 2012 10:52:06 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting tazgecko,
Windows Squares

And with a celebrity in each square, Microsoft launches its new game, built right into the GUI.

Windows Celebrity Squares.

That's right, folks, step right up and play Windows Celebrity Squares.

Pick the right celebrity face and you can win some fabulous prizes... absolutely free.

For example, if you picked Paul Lynde, you could win a free trip to the set of Bewitched.

Or if you picked Bob Denver you could win a free trip to the set of Gilligan's Island.

 

But wait, folks, there's more!!!  Pick Steve Ballmer or another famous Microsoft employee

and you could unlock the Windows 8 special GodMode, which allows the user to find hidden

settings, like how to disable the old Metro for the new, and replacing the start button.

 

But wait, there's more!!!  Purchase Windows 8 with the Free Windows Celebrity Squares

within the next 10 minutes for the once in a lifetime low price of $9.99 [less tax] we will

throw in a Start menu to go with that Start Button absolutely free.

 

Hurry, this offer lasts only today, so do not wait, buy Windows 8 with Windows Celebrity Squares

today or miss out.  Only hours remaining, so pick up the phone and order your copy right now

to enjoy a lifetime of fun [or until Windows 9 is released with Windows Celebrity Family Feud]

 

 

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