The more things change, the more they stay the same, as the old saying goes. The cliché looks to be in full effect in Windows 8. No, Microsoft hasn't suddenly and miraculously decided to drop the contentious-to-some Metro UI for its upcoming operating system, but it will be killing two other branding efforts. Windows Live and Zune are all rumored to be going the way of the Dodo, dropped in favor of Apple-esque simplified program names.
Many users have come to think of Picasa and Blogger as old fiends on the web, but rumors indicate that Google is planning to leave those brands behind as Google+ rolls out. The services themselves aren’t going away, but they are likely to get a different look and feel.