Microsoft Banning Apps from Windows 8 Store with Metro in the Name

Here’s a conundrum. We told you earlier in the month that Microsoft was dropping the Metro UI name for its unique approach to a user interface and that the company “suggested” app developers do the same for their creations. It looks like the Redmond Giant is now taking a much firmer stance on the word ‘metro’, as it is banning apps that use the term from the Windows 8 Store.

The Windows 8 dev center contains a listing of helpful tips and tricks for developers to keep in mind to make sure their app is certified as quickly as possible. Among these tips is the following:

“Make sure your app name doesn’t include the word metro. Apps with a name that includes the word metro will fail certification and won’t be listed in the Windows Store.”

It looks like Microsoft is serious about avoiding any sort of dispute with the German company Metro AG, which is why the whole transformation from Metro UI to Modern UI has been taking place. While this is fine for the Windows 8 app store, which hasn’t been released to the general public yet, what about Windows Phone? Several great apps utilize the word metro in their title, including MetroTube, MetroPaper, and MetroRadio. These are just a handful of apps that will be affected should Microsoft decide to apply this policy to the Windows Phone Marketplace as well.

For app developers, simply changing the word Metro for Modern could be the answer. What do you think?

[via WPCentral]


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