Aug 03, 2012 12:26 PM EDT

Windows 8 May Face Legal Action For Codename

Microsoft is hitting the drawing board and searching for as the company is searching for a new "codename" for its windows 8 software, due for release within the coming months.

According reports, Microsoft may have opted to change the name because of threat of legal action from companies that may already own rights to the Metro name. The German retail giant Metro AG, is one possible company that reports claim may be seeking legal action.  However, the company has yet to comment on the manner.

Microsoft is saying that Metro was just the codename for the product and that they planned to lose the name once the product was released.

"We have used Metro style as a codename during the product development cycle across many of our product lines," the company said in a statement.

"As we get closet to launch and transition from industry dialog to a broad consumer dialog we will use our commercial names, "Microsoft said.

However, Metro is not only the name of Windows 8's interface; it's also the name of the interface on Windows Phone.

Microsoft says they we'll have a replacement term by the end of the week for their next-generation interface, according to an internal memo obtained by tech blog The Verge

Xbox Live players will have an advantage when exposed to the new interface over non Xbox Live players because elements of Windows 8 were extracted from the online video games service.

Windows 8 tablets and PCs are due to hit stores on Oct. 26. Developers can download the final version of Windows 8 through their MSDN subscriptions starting Aug. 15. IT departments with Software Assurance for Windows can download Windows 8 Enterprise Edition through the Volume License Center, beginning Aug. 16.

Volume license customers without Software Assurance can purchase Windows 8 from Volume License Resellers as of Sept. 1.

Windows 8 will be the successor to Windows 7

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