Imagine, as the next version of Microsoft's Windows operating system evolves through the Milestone 3 and Beta phases and called up as "Interface Manager 8" instead of Windows 8.
Wondering! what's that? A tweet from Microsoft Windows stated that:
"Before settling on "Windows," Bill Gates wanted to call his OS "Interface Manager." http://bit.ly/iChnCr #Win7 ^JAS"
Here're excerpts from Microsoft's "A history of Windows - Highlights from the first 25 years":
Microsoft works on the first version of a new operating system. Interface Manager is the code name and is considered as the final name, but Windows prevails because it best describes the boxes or computing "windows" that're fundamental to the new system. Windows is announced in 1983, but it takes a while to develop. Skeptics call it "vaporware."
On November 20, 1985, two years after the initial announcement, Microsoft ships Windows 1.0. Now, rather than typing MS?DOS commands, you just move a mouse to point and click your way through screens, or "windows." Bill Gates says, "It's unique software designed for the serious PC user…"