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 PostPost subject: Why Windows XP isn't named as 2001 in the first place?        Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:55 pm 
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 PostPost subject: Re: Why Windows XP isn't named as 2001 in the first place?        Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:14 pm 
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Evidently, Microsoft decided to drop the year branding starting with Windows XP, though not completely. The Server editions still use the year branding to this day (the latest being Windows Server 2016), and Windows XP used it for the MCE editions (MCE 2003/2004/2005), and the regular XP said "Version 2002" in System Properties.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Why Windows XP isn't named as 2001 in the first place?        Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:00 pm 
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 PostPost subject: Re: Why Windows XP isn't named as 2001 in the first place?        Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:02 pm 
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Microsoft's naming schemes have always been over the place, in comparison to the fairly consistent naming scheme of Apple's operating systems. The reason Microsoft dropped the naming scheme of years has probably got to do something with NT becoming the standard for all computer users, not just workplaces and servers. With Windows 2000, they had several Server editions which introduced the Active Directory system, and Microsoft, in a bid to stay consistent there, probably decided to reserve the year names to the Server versions of Windows, whereas the home or workstation user would get a more personal operating system with a easier to market name, like XP and Vista. Of course, that was then dropped for numbers again, which also got inconsistent (7, 8, 10), but so far Windows Server versions still get named after their release year.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Why Windows XP isn't named as 2001 in the first place?        Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:16 pm 
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Because some marketing guy (probably a whole team) decided that it's going to be called so.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Why Windows XP isn't named as 2001 in the first place?        Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:58 pm 
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Because some marketing guy (probably a whole team) decided that it's going to be called so.

Yep. And time and time again, Apple does show that their marketing team has it together more than Microsoft's. Hate 'em or love 'em, it's just the truth.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Why Windows XP isn't named as 2001 in the first place?        Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:10 pm 
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DanielOosterhuis wrote:
AlphaBeta wrote:
Because some marketing guy (probably a whole team) decided that it's going to be called so.

Yep. And time and time again, Apple does show that their marketing team has it together more than Microsoft's. Hate 'em or love 'em, it's just the truth.


In Microsoft's defense, Linux distros are known to use equally bizarre and confusing version names..


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 PostPost subject: Re: Why Windows XP isn't named as 2001 in the first place?        Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:12 pm 
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Ubuntu has a pretty logical naming system these days.

Regarding MS, they tried to introduce a logical system for codenames several times. Just remember Chicago, Nashville, Memphis. Or more recently, Whistler, Longhorn, Blackcomb, where Whistler and Blackcomb are two peaks in Canada and Longhorn is some facility located between the two mountains, or so I recall.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Why Windows XP isn't named as 2001 in the first place?        Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:40 pm 
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To be fair to the whole situation, as most people know in Whistler 2211 the watermark did say "Whistler Windows 2001 Professional", so they knew they would be aiming to release the full OS in 2001, but it was still in codename at that time (March 2000) before they named it eXPerience.

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Or more recently, Whistler, Longhorn, Blackcomb, where Whistler and Blackcomb are two peaks in Canada and Longhorn is some facility located between the two mountains, or so I recall.

Yes, Longhorn is a bar & grill in the middle of the two mountains (Whistler & Blackcomb) as what I have read & heard from various sources.

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