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Microsoft codename Excalibur: Windows 7 MCE or Fiji codename prequel?

A strange slide in Dell powerpoint presentation yielding something to do with a Windows “Excalibur.” The way it was presented in the slide, it appeared as though it was a tier above Aero Glass slated to come out in a completely separate release from Longhorn (see an image of this slide down below where it says, “Enter Excalibur:”). At the time I first ran across the powerpoint presentation, there was speculation running amok regarding “Aero Diamond,” which was definitively put to rest thanks to a write-up by Long Zheng back in August of 2006. “Diamond” was the codename for Vista MCE. Now, what about codename “Slalom?” “Slalom” was the codename for the Longhorn release of MCE… so from the aforementioned, one might ascertain that with the evolution of Longhorn to Vista, “Slalom” evolved into “Diamond”… or did it?

Now, initially, I thought “Excalibur” was another UI tier slated for Windows Vienna (now Windows 7). Then, when that ATI slide (in the right pic) hit the internet, since it was speaking in the same terminology as the Dell slide from a year or so prior, I thought “Excalibur” was merely renamed to “Diamond” and still was under the assumption it was a tier above Aero Glass, thanks to the confusing order of the tiers in the slides. After the dust settled with the whole “Aero Diamond” rigmarole and we all found out it was the codename for Vista MCE, I had it all made up in my head that “Excalibur” had simply become “Diamond.” Case closed, right? Not quite[…]

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