After doing a 180 and telling developers to stop branding apps for Windows 8 as “Metro-style”, Microsoft is now reported to be favoring using “Modern UI Style”.
The whole ruckus started when Microsoft last week stopped using “Metro”, a name it has used since it announced development of the Window 8 operating system, because of a possible trademark dispute.
Microsoft has stayed mum on who may be offended by the Metro name referring to the Windows 8 user interface or Windows 8 apps but the buzz around tech town is that Metro AG, a German retailer.
The Redmond, Washington-based software giant was expected to debut another name for Metro on Windows 8 this week but the company is yet to do so.
Metro traces its roots from the Zune which saw its software styling get carried over to the Windows Phone mobile operating system.
Since Microsoft designed the Windows 8 user interface to look much like Windows Phone’s user interface, the company has been referring to Windows 8 apps as “Metro-style” and its user interface as “Metro”.