Rumor: 'Metro' Branding to be Replaced with 'Windows 8'

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Rift2

Metro trying to play up New York inner city sensitivies with a modernesque que on overly great excitment of times square store lights.

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Teeebs

Crap by another name is still....oh man, I give up. Hey M$! It's not the name we hated, but the fact that you're trying to push a tablet and/or smartphone OS on our PCs. DO NOT WANT....thanks.

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AeroPrime

They should name it Matrix UI.

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warptek2010

Yeah, soooo... It'll be Windows 8 running Windows 8?

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maxeeemum

I think they are changing the name because the connotation of "Metro" is now "really sucks".

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OmNomNom

Windows 8 is starting to be the new Macarena. I can't wait for the day people stop talking about it. Unfortunately like the Macarena that will not be for a long long time, and even then it will still pop up once in a while.

What is the point of writing about it 3 times a day?
They should come out with a new add-on that blocks out all windows 8 posts / blogs / etc..

^ I'm more annoyed that I just made my first post about it.

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Mortal_M

Damn you, now I can't stop singing the Macarena song on my head!

Dale a tu cuerpo alegria y Macarena
Que tu cuerpo es pa' darle alegria y cosa buena
Dale a tu cuerpo alegria y Macarena
Heeeey Macarena

Damn!

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Trooper_One

That's too bad, I kind of like the name Metro; "Windows 8" just sounds too technical but the word Metro brings a sexiness to the o/s and a more unofficial nomenclanture to the software and related apps.

I say MS should try and keep it.

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brettskiness

Yeah I like the name too. But apparently the reason why they changed it is because some other company had already used the name Metro as their main product. So Microsoft was forced to change the name. The annoying thing is that the company who made them change is a company I've never heard of before!

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raymondcarver

Nope. It sounds like crap and looks like crap.

Gabe doesn't like it. Blizzard doesn't like it.

I'll take their word on Windows8. It's not sexy, and it looks like crap.

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brettskiness

I downloaded Windows 8 awhile back for about a weekend and then took it off because I found it annoying and impractical to use. However, several of those who do like it are people who have been using win 8 for quite some time. They said at first it was very annoying to use, but then they gradually began to really enjoy it. I'm not exactly sure how that would work but I can relate it to one of my stories. I like electronic music a lot, and there was this one DJ who would release his music on fb so I would listen to it. At first I hated it, but then for some reason I listened to it another time and by the third time listening, I actually really enjoyed it. I have no idea why though.

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John Pombrio

Its a ploy by MS to reduce the cost of negotiations for the Metro name. By publicly saying that Metro is out, they have a LOT more leverage in getting a better price in negotiations with Metro AG in Europe. Expect the Metro name to come back.

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super_legit

This whole dropping the Metro name thing is silly, but Windows 8 is actually pretty sick if any of you guys bother to try it out. I for one am excited

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Peanut Fox

I wanted to give it a whirl when I built my system, but I couldn't get it to install. It'd get to the point where it would reboot and just fall into a broken loop. I chalked it up to either the SSDs, or the fact that they were in a RAID.

Thinking about it now I could probably get it going on a VM if I gave that a try.

From what I have seen I'm not the least bit crazy about the design and the fact that you've got to see the Metro screen at all. It may not be here yet, but I'm willing to bet real money that the Metro interface will end up like Xbox Live and be covered in ads.

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John Pombrio

Yeah, I just ignore Metro and have great respect for Win8 desktop speed and other goodies. It really is better than Win7 on the desktop. Now if folks just got over Metro, they could see the benefits...

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Exarkun1138

Not trying to attack your opinion, but I did not see where Win8's desktop experience was anywhere near as nice as Win7's. No Start Menu, at least without MAKING have a Start Menu, no Aero, No Media Player, from what I could see, and no Gadgets. Sure, Win8's Desktop is "streamlined", but I LOVE Win7's more "Windows" like environment! Of course, I was working with a beta copy, and not the final release. But as of right now, I won't be switching to Win8 any time soon.

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Xenite

Iceberg straight head!

Microsoft: "Ramming Speed!"

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livebriand

Nahh, ludicrous speed is more like it.

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maxeeemum

+1

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noobstix

"Windows 8-sexual" doesn't have the same ring as "Metro-sexual".

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Mikey109105

Yet another reason I will not touch Windows 8 with a ten foot pole. M$ has drastically screwed over their consumer base with this one. Maybe this OS will finally be the one that sunk the ship?

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Peanut Fox

Microsoft changing the name of the OS's front end is a legitimate reason (among others) that you will avoid using the operating system? Unless you had a whole lot of love for the name Metro, why does it even matter?

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SPreston2001

Regardless of what they say, everybody will still refer to it as "metro"...

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wolfing

that's stupid, so they'll have to redo the interface again for Windows 9, or what is it going to be called... "The Windows 9's Windows 8 interface"?

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DoctorX

i will be suprised if there even is a windows 9... ms is dead set on burying the desktop.

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Peanut Fox

That does seem extremely shortsighted of them.

If I have to guess they're so committed to the Metro design decision that they just plan to name it after whatever OS it happens to be on.

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ApathyCurve

Windows Ate Santa Claus

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

How about replacing Windows 8 with an actual operating system? Not interested in an invasive electronic store front.

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