According to news reports, Microsoft had thought about re-naming Longhorn "Windows Ruby", "Windows Sapphire", "Windows 07", "Windows Seven", or "Windows VII" before going with Windows Vista.
Let's look at the breakdown:
- Windows Ruby: Sounds like a ladies-only OS.
- Windows Sapphire: Same as above!
- Windows 07: Same-old, same-old!
- Windows Seven: Fresh, Kind of Sienfeld-ish, but not an attention-grabber; also the blogosphere would have a field day talking about the skipped OS number.
- Windows VII: Hate it!
Aren't you glad that Windows Vista was in the mix?