February 5, 2001 10:22 AM   Subscribe

Microsoft announces the product names for the next version of Windows and Office. They'll be called "Windows XP" and "Office XP", respectively.
posted by milnak (20 comments total)
you mean Windows eXtra Problems? ;)
posted by cell divide at 10:26 AM on February 5, 2001

This "X" thing is getting out of hand.

I can't wait to read a headline in a computer magazine that says "We compare X to OSX to XP on page 34!"
posted by jragon at 10:47 AM on February 5, 2001

Windows eXtra Pricing. :)
posted by JohnBigBoots at 10:48 AM on February 5, 2001

I've got five bucks that says the tagline for the ad campaign is "Are You XPerienced?", and they repurpose Jimi's song for the occasion, "Start Me Up" style.

Of course, if I were, say, Wieden & Kennedy or Anderson & Lembke, I'd have several million bucks that said that :>
posted by Sapphireblue at 11:09 AM on February 5, 2001

Windows supercalifragilisticeXPialidocious.
posted by grimmelm at 11:09 AM on February 5, 2001

Sapphire, you're probably right (see halfway down).
posted by endquote at 11:16 AM on February 5, 2001

Perhaps they should have asked the Air Force what XP means.
posted by harmful at 11:30 AM on February 5, 2001

XP is also Chi-Rho, the Constantinian Cross. From the link: This was the time when Christianity became the religion of the State. Cue eery music...
posted by xiffix at 12:09 PM on February 5, 2001

rock! thanks, Josh :)

can I be an "analyst" now?
posted by Sapphireblue at 12:11 PM on February 5, 2001

Rumour has it that Microsoft is planning on holding some events relating to XP at the Experience Music Project. Almost everyone believes that "Are you experienced?" will the theme for XP, just like "Start me up" was the theme for Win '95.
posted by riffola at 1:58 PM on February 5, 2001

Oops sorry I didn't read Sapphireblue's post completely.
posted by riffola at 2:03 PM on February 5, 2001

i sincerely hope that the keepers of the hendrix estate (unless they don't have control of the music) would decline to associate the mans work with microsleaze. poor guy'll be choking on vomit all over again...
posted by quonsar at 4:17 PM on February 5, 2001

Didn't Bill Gates acquire the Hendrix estate when he bought Seattle?
posted by rodii at 4:34 PM on February 5, 2001

Any hope of keeping the music of the past "pure" of corporate corruption died when Mercedes-Benz bought the rights to Janis's song mocking them, and repurposed it to sell the product she laughed at.
posted by harmful at 4:52 PM on February 5, 2001

The one thing I will say about XP, I'm glad Microsoft is finally simplifying the Windows logo. It's much cleaner-looking and is probably akin to what they wanted to do back in '95. I remember an article at the time where they said they were keeping the flag reluctantly just because so many people recognized it.

Of course, I like the aesthetics of the new interface a lot better too, so maybe i'm just an MS suckup.
posted by anildash at 4:56 PM on February 5, 2001

Hmm.. call me silly, but I thought they were 'reuniting' the NT and consumer Windows version... so why not just call it.. "Windows"?
posted by tj at 8:43 PM on February 5, 2001

The acronym XP has, for years, been used by the Mozilla Project to mean "Cross-Platform". For Microsoft to co-opt it is inexcusable. Didn't they try to do the same thing a while back with the acronym DNS?
posted by camworld at 8:46 AM on February 6, 2001

I've associated XP with Extreme Programming for about a year now.

I thought maybe every Office Suite came with a co-programmer.
posted by cCranium at 9:10 AM on February 6, 2001

What disgusted me was that NPR considered this bit of 'news' so important as be the second story in their hourly news summary. I mean, who really gives a shit?!?
posted by Mr. skullhead at 6:38 PM on February 6, 2001

Well, after "Start Me Up's" unfortunate suggestion that Windows 95 "make a grown man cry", we'll now have XP launched with the lyric, "who are you, in your measly little worlds, trying to prove that you're made out of gold and can't be sold?"

"Not especially stoned, but beautiful." Ahem.
posted by holgate at 10:12 AM on February 8, 2001

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