Microsoft's "Metro" Replaced With "Mod"

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Bangalore: Microsoft has made a filing to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to patent “Mod” a replacement to the current word “Metro.” Before the launch of Windows 8 in August 2012, the company officials disclosed their very idea of replacing “Metro” with “Mod” to describe its  tiled interface and design language of Windows Phone and Windows operating systems; this can be the software giant’s much awaited moment, reports ZD net.

The rumor mills are a buzz that a naming dispute with the German partner Metro Group can be the reason for this sudden pullback. It is believed that since that time, different teams at Microsoft started exploring substitutes for "Metro" and "Metro-Style."

Some alternatives among them were "immersive," "Windows Store" or "Windows 8” and "Modern." It’s still a mystery that what the word MOD stands for? Some says it’s the abbreviated form for either modern or module.

Microsoft has applied for trademarks for "Windows Mod," "Office Mod" and "Microsoft Office Mod, reports Neowin.

"It’s anticipated that Office Mod will be the name for the Metro-Style versions of the four core Microsoft Office apps which will be codenamed as “Gemini" wave. There is a rumor that Microsoft's Windows Mod and Office Mod will simply be some kind of new programming aid to help developers build more Microsoft-centric apps.

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