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Metro Name Yanked

Windows Vista almost wasn't Windows Vista because someone else owned the name. Fortunately for lovers of the name, whoever had the rights didn't have deep pockets, loved cash more than Vista or just didn't care that much about handing over the name.

Now it seems there may be a copyright beef over the name Metro. Microsoft sort of confirms something is up by now calling Metro a code name.

Microsoft often calls a product one thing during testing and another when it ships (and usually the test name is better). A problem with this is that the name changes confuses the market. Why should we get used to Metro when it's only going to change down the road?

It's bad enough that we have Windows 8 and Windows RT to figure out. Learning C# syntax is easier than understanding Microsoft nomenclature.  

Posted by Doug Barney on 08/03/2012 at 1:19 PM


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Reader Comments:

Fri, Aug 3, 2012 Brian California

Micro$oft needs to fire all ther marketing team and start with a new team. They make good products, but the marketing starting with their naming convention sucks!!!

Fri, Aug 3, 2012

A lousy badly designed interface by any other name is still a lousy badly designed interface.

Fri, Aug 3, 2012 Vic

When Vista came out, I worked for a school using WebCT Vista, which was bought out by Blackborg errr Blackboard. We wondered at the time, but maybe since they were planning to axe the product they didn't really care.

Fri, Aug 3, 2012 Vic

When Vista came out, I worked for a school using WebCT Vista, which was bought out by Blackborg errr Blackboard. We wondered at the time, but maybe since they were planning to axe the product they didn't really care.

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