That's because Mr. Bill loves to use generic everyday terms for the core products of his business. Unfortunately, the consequence is that he then has to live without brand name protection for those names, as has been demonstrated for "Windows" already (in the Lindows case), and will eventually be demonstrated in a similar way for "Pocket PC". I'm also not sure if naming a text processor "Word" offers much brand protection.
But hey, it's great if you are an uncreative person: You don't have to invent any new words that way! ;)
Msg#: 3440 posted 10:01 am on Oct 10, 2002 (gmt 0)
How did the name "Windows" originate?
Bill Gates wanted to be immortal by giving his name to the new product. However he was afraid that it will affect acceptance and sales of the new product and was a little shy as well to call the product the by his name "Gates". But he could not resist the temptation and thought of naming it "Doors" - a door is not very different from a gate functionally. But he thought that the resemblence was too obvious and he would be exposed in no time. So instead of Doors he chose "Windows" and he was not exposed till today until I write this!