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Rejected names for the original Xbox (edge-online.com)
25 points by normalocity on July 8, 2013 | hide | past | web | favorite | 12 comments

Years ago, when I interned at Microsoft, they did a company survey to figure out what to name what would become Vista. The top two names were Windows Hooker and Windows Heroin. True story.

What about TJ Hooker? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083486/

> PTP or P2P (Powered To Play)

How could that even come up as an option, given the pre-existing usage, peer-to-peer?

Yes, we're always very careful in this industry not to overload TLAs.

You're surprised? We're talking about a company that named an OS after the software development methodology it used.

Windows XP - Extreme Programming. Later marketing dept pretended it was supposed to mean eXPerience

> TSO (Three, Six, Zero)

Already the "360" that have been used later.

I can only imagine someone trying to explain the logic on this one in some ad copy somewhere. "TSO" is the kind of name that requires its own FAQ entry just to explain, and even then it doesn't make sense.

Not for the old guys: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_Sharing_Option. Thinking of it, you may be right about the "doesn't make sense" part.

Sometimes a story that explains a name can help spread it - provided it's funny, interesting or an otherwise memorable viral vector. TSO might not qualify.

Unlike the other link I saw about this, this one links directly to the article containing the list, rather than the reblog.

Really internet - are we re-blogging lists at this point? WTF - some people just aren't trying anymore.

i actually liked "MEGA". the acronym was meh, but "Microsoft Mega" has a nice ring to it. probably would have gotten some flack at release (sega mega drive, etc) but overall i think the best out of those listed.

Christ those are all terrible

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