Bill Gates preferred another name that had nothing to do with windows

Windows 1.01 turns 35. Informatics is not understood without such an iconic name, particularly since the great success of Windows 95, with which Redmond built the brutal dominance they maintain today on the desktop.

However, a name as iconic as Windows was not always preferred by Bill Gates. Before 1983, the name that the Microsoft co-founder wanted for his new operating system was'Interface manager', or' Interface Manager '.

From 'Interface Manager' to 'Windows': a matter of essence and marketing

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It was in November of that year when the company announced that its development would be ready in the first quarter of 1984, something that turned out to be incorrect, because as we said at the beginning, the final version was launched in November 1985 for 99 dollars (about 240 dollars adjusting for inflation). The company never released a version 1.0 to the public, and that is that only manufacturers and other partners. Globally, 1.01 was released.

The name of Interface Manager had to do with how it would manage its graphical user interface windows and various peripherals. The plan was that programs written for this early system could also be ported to MS-DOS computers.By the time the product hit the market, it wasn't too innovative. Apple had already released the Lisa and the original Macintosh with graphical interfaces (and mouse) in which windows were the protagonists and could be stacked, as we do today. Windows were tiled in Windows, taking up the entire screen.

The first analyzes told that although that version worked on computers with little memory, the reality is that it was slow, and not very attractive because it forced to change diskettes very often. Looking to be compatible with old systems, Microsoft gave the system little flexibility in terms of the maximum memory that applications could have.

Microsoft chose a generic word that was already part of the interfaces: window

But, what happened so that Microsoft decided to leave behind 'Interface Manager' and move to 'Windows'? First of all, there was the issue of the essence of the system, governed by windows that differentiated it from the command line. In addition, Microsoft already had in mind other products with its name such as Microsoft Mouse or Microsoft Word, according to Amy Stevenson, Microsoft's official archivist.

But it was marketing that played a big role in the final decision, according to Stevenson. Pam Edstrom ran public relations at Microsoft, and wanted to launch an airport campaign. When testing 'Mr. Interface Manager ', or' Mr Interface Manager ' They told him "it didn't sound like a person" and "we don't make products." Thus, Edstrom ended up voting for the name Windows.

Before Microsoft called the Windows system, the rectangular windows that give the system its name were already generically called 'windows' or 'windows'. In the 80s the term 'WIMP' (window, icon, menu, pointer) was coined to refer to the elements of a graphical user interface. What they did in Redmond is take a generic name and add the company name to it, as they did with other names like Word, Office, Access, and more. Thus was born "Microsoft Windows".