Microsoft choose Vista over alernative names: Windows Ruby, Windows '07 or Windows Seven

Posted by bink on July 25 2005, 1:35 PM. Posted in Windows Vista.

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Microsoft obviously had a shortlist of names to choose for naming Longhorn, some DNS research (also done by Bink.nu's member dersonc for Brazil)  result in the at least 2 alternatives.Windows Rubyru·by (') n., pl.-bies.

  1. A deep red, translucent variety of the mineral corundum, highly valued as a precious stone.
  2. Something, such as a watch bearing, that is made from a ruby.
  3. A dark or deep red to deep purplish red.
Domeinnaam   windowsruby.nl (eerste domein)
Status   actief
 
Registrant   Microsoft B.V.
Boeingavenue 30
1119 PE SCHIPHOL-RIJK
Netherlands
Domicilie   N/A
Gebonden aan ADR   ja
Administratief contact   K J Weston
+31 (0)205001500
admin@internationaladmin.com
 
Registrar   Net Searchers International Ltd
Elysium House, New King's road 126 128
SW64 LZ
LONDON
United Kingdom of Great Britain & N. Ireland
 
Technisch contact   MSN Hostmaster
+1 4258828080
msnhst@microsoft.com
 
Nameserver   dns31.register.com   216.21.234.86
Nameserver   dns32.register.com   216.21.226.86
 
Datum registratie   22-04-2005
Record laatst gewijzigd   22-04-2005
Record onderhouden door   NL Domain Registry

Windows 07 or Windows Seven This is a logical name, short for Windows 2007, yes it wil be released in 2006 but in the second half so it will have next years number. You see this in all MS products, like the just released Encarta 2006, Digital Image Suite 2006 and Money 2006. Except for SQL 2005 where the marketing of the name has gone to far to keep up with the delay of SQL Yukon.

Domeinnaam   windows07.nl (eerste domein)
Status   actief
 
Registrant   Microsoft B.V.
Boeingavenue 30
1119 PE SCHIPHOL-RIJK
Netherlands
Domicilie   N/A
Gebonden aan ADR   ja
Administratief contact   K J Weston
+31 (0)205001500
admin@internationaladmin.com
 
Registrar   Net Searchers International Ltd
Elysium House, New King's road 126 128
SW64 LZ
LONDON
United Kingdom of Great Britain & N. Ireland
 
Technisch contact   MSN Hostmaster
+1 4258828080
msnhst@microsoft.com
 
Nameserver   dns31.register.com   216.21.234.86
Nameserver   dns32.register.com   216.21.226.86
 
Datum registratie   22-04-2005
Record laatst gewijzigd   22-04-2005
Record onderhouden door   NL Domain Registry
See Windows Seven WHois Anyone found more? There is a slight posibility that Microsoft registerd these names to dictract researches finding the real name, but I doubt that. Though I must say it is a small miracle the name Vista didn't leak out after it was announced at the Microsoft internal sales event in Atalanta with thousands of attandees.