July 25th, 2005, 19:04 PM
Windows Vista Won, But Microsoft Mulled Windows 07
Microsoft may have unveiled Vista as the official name for its next-generation Windows client operating system, but what about all those names it considered, and discarded?
A quick WHOIS search of domains that Microsoft Corp. registered found such gems as:
Windows07 (and the spelled-out WindowsSeven) would have been in line with other Windows OS names - such as Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows 2000 - that relied on year nomenclature.
Although Microsoft has promised to release Vista before the end of 2006, it may have thought that 2007 was a better marketing choice.
Those domains, like those that include the word "vista" - windowsvista.us and microsoftvista.com - were registered at the end of March, well before Microsoft hosted the latest Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Seattle, where it aggressively promoted Longhorn (as Longhorn) and released a build to developers.
July 26th, 2005, 03:13 AM
Why not just use Longhorn?