Microsoft is set to drop the use of the term Metro to refer to the look and feel of its Window 8 operating system due to the risk of legal threats from a German firm by the same name.
Reports have suggested that internal emails sent within Microsoft and to key developers have urged them to stop using the Metro name and instead simply refer to it as "new user interface", according to The Verge.
Metro is a major Germany retailer, based in Düsseldorf, that is regarded as one of the top five largest in the world alongside the likes of Tesco and Walmart.
The move to distance itself from any commercial use of the Metro term may suggest some wariness from Microsoft to get embroiled in yet another legal dispute as the firm fights cases against several rivals including Motorola.
Microsoft, though, said that it was never its intention to use the Metro name in a commercial context and would only use its Windows 8 brand when going live with the platform.
"We have used Metro style as a code name during the product development cycle across many of our product lines," a spokesperson for Microsoft told V3 in a statement.
"As we get closer to launch and transition from industry dialog to a broad consumer dialog we will use our commercial names."
Windows 8 is set to arrive on the market on 26 October at the same time as the firm's own brand tablet, the Surface, which will be one of the first devices running the new operating system.
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