Microsoft is cleaning house, it sounds like. We found out this morning that the company might cut down on the number of OS editions with Windows 8, offering only standard, business, and enterprise flavors. Now, The Verge reports that Microsoft may also be retiring its Windows Live and Zune brands.
The branding in the upcoming Windows 8 Consumer Preview, The Verge says, will look like so:
- Microsoft Account (Windows Live ID)
- Mail (Windows Live Mail)
- Calendar (Windows Live Calendar)
- People (Windows Live Contacts)
- Photos (Windows Live Photo Gallery)
- Music (Zune Music Player)
- Video (Zune Video Player)
The Consumer Preview is due out on February 29, so we'll all be able to verify this story soon enough.
If this is true, then kudos. I really dig Microsoft's new direction—that is, toward unification (between Windows and Windows Phone), user-interface consistency, and simpler branding. Here's hoping it all works out as planned (and as rumored).
|Corsair Lighting Node Pro brings light strip control to every PC||8|
|In the lab: Asus' Tinker Board SBC||14|
|In the lab: HyperX's Alloy FPS mechanical gaming keyboard||10|
|Team Group Cardea SSDs are ready to handle the heat||7|
|Gigabyte's Ryzen motherboards are home, home on the range||35|
|Zotac molds GTX 1050s into low-profile tiny terrors||7|
|TR forums spotlight: krazyredboy's crazy simulator PC||14|
|Deals of the week: a high-end Mini-ITX mobo, fast RAM, storage, and more||27|
|Steam Audio SDK promises better surround sound gratis||19|
|Best part of the article? We're flying home with Ryzen review samples as of this writing.||+44|