Summary: Could Microsoft be hoping to use 'Mod' as a replacement for 'Metro'? A new trademark application leaves the door open.
Back on December 9, Microsoft applied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a trademark on "Mod."
Might this be Microsoft's long-awaited replacement for "Metro"? In August 2012, just before launching Windows 8, Microsoft officials conceded that the company would no longer be using "Metro"
to describe the tiled interface and design language at the heart of its Windows Phone and Windows operating systems. Though Microsoft officials never admitted publicly the reason for the pull-back, a naming dispute with the German partner Metro Group
is believed to be the reason behind Microsoft's Metro naming crisis.