[Humor:] What’s with Microsoft’s Longwinded Software Names?

I had a few laughs a few days ago while browsing my favorite tech sites. Well, on ArsTech, MS just unveiled the newest version of its Windows Embedded OS. And I dare you to pronounce the complete name correctly on the first attempt. It’s Windows Embedded Compact 7 public Community Technology Preview.

For a short explanation, it refers to one of MS’s many OS’s (they actually make several, including Windows, Windows Server, this, Windows Azure, the XBox OS and Windows Mobile) and is used for simple single-function devices or devices with “weaker” hardware like phones, media players or tablets (or something remotely similar to the iPad, relatively speaking). The CTP part is basically MS’s fancy term for Beta, though they’re using other terms as well.

As if that wasn’t enough, the succeeding MS article on ArsTech presents Windows Live Essentials Wave 4. At least it’s less of a tongue twister, the Essentials word compensated for the W and V overload. I can’t wait to try out new versions of Live Messenger as well the new version for Live Writer. And speaking of which, I suggest you try to download and install Microsoft Security Essentials, an excellent and free antivirus for Windows.

And if you want to test the newest version of IE, you may go here and install Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview. IE9 is actually nice, because it was the first browser to implement hardware rendering to draw pages.


Microsoft has also released its latest version of Visual Studio in March, and it’s a common knowledge that there’s a free version available called Express. You can download the entire Visual Studio Express 2010 here (you can select the web-based installer or an ISO for offline installation). As for the convoluted names, the longest I’ve seen is Visual Web Developer Express 2010, used to create rich web pages and Silverlight applications. Or maybe Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone CTP, which will be used to create apps for the upcoming version of Windows Mobile. There, I even abbreviated the CTP part. 😉


Office 2010 will also be available this June, and I’m planning to acquire Office 2010 Professional, the version containing Publisher and Access.

My Omnia currently runs on Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional. You can now also download the final version of Office 2010 Mobile from the Windows Mobile Marketplace.

But sometimes, I think Microsoft’s obsession with multi-syllable words is actually better than Apple’s naming convention, where you have to prefix i before the product, as in iMac, iPhone, iPod, iPad, iTunes, iPhoto or iLife. At least, Safari is different because the letter i is found at the end. 😉 Or Google, which either uses irrelevant words like Chrome, Wave or Buzz, or boringly generic words like Mail, Docs, Sync, Map or Earth.

Okay, that’s all for now. For my parting words, wait for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate. (I remembered Vista have three Service Packs before releasing the final version LOL)



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