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Microsoft nearly lost Windows?

Discussion in 'Intel' started by Yousuf Khan, Jul 20, 2004.

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    Yousuf Khan Guest

    As we know Microsoft sued Lindows for its name being too close to
    Microsoft's Windows. It turns out that Lindows in turn challenged
    Microsoft's right to use the term Windows, since it is generic. So the
    result? Microsoft ended up paying Lindows $20 million and Lindows will
    change its name to Linspire. Good way to make cash from Microsoft: Microsoft
    sues you, then it pays you. I doubt Microsoft will try to challenge
    infringements on its Windows name anymore, because it might just lose it
    next time. :)


    Yousuf Khan
    Yousuf Khan, Jul 20, 2004
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    CJT Guest

    It's tempting.

    Rindows, anyone?
    CJT, Jul 20, 2004
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  3. Go for the throat : "My Windows".

    Then ask them where they got the "WIMP" phrase from that their
    marketroids liked to use at the time.

    Rupert Pigott, Jul 20, 2004
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    Yousuf Khan Guest

    Is that the Chinese version of Lindows? :)

    Linspire should really push the envelope and call its next OS, Linspire
    Windows. :)

    Microsoft might only be able to enforce the trademark to the name "MS
    Windows" or "Microsoft Windows" from now on, but not simply just "Windows".
    Linspire could contend that the "Linspire" in "Linspire Windows" makes it
    different than "MS Windows". This one might be a little harder to get away
    with though. :)

    Yousuf Khan
    Yousuf Khan, Jul 20, 2004
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    Hank Oredson Guest

    Hank Oredson, Jul 20, 2004
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    Norm Dresner Guest

    Windows - Icons - Menus - Pointers IIRC it comes from Xerox PARC in the
    early '80s

    Norm Dresner, Jul 20, 2004
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    Yousuf Khan Guest


    Yousuf Khan
    Yousuf Khan, Jul 20, 2004
  8. .... Precisely. However it was widely applied. I even saw it used to
    describe systems for the BBC Micro. :)

    Rupert Pigott, Jul 20, 2004
  9. I don't think they try to claim it, it's a common technical term like rpm.
    Bill Davidsen, Jul 21, 2004
  10. Uhh, they already claimed Windows... and anything that sounds like it?
    Lawyers need to get rich too you know.;-) Take a look here:
    Autoroute®?... I wonder what the French think of that?
    Bookshelf®?... absurd!
    Entourage®?... not only the French here!
    Links® in relation to a golf game? What *will* the R&A think?
    ....... and on and on.

    Remember this is the company that tried to steal Java and proprietarize it.

    Rgds, George Macdonald

    "Just because they're paranoid doesn't mean you're not psychotic" - Who, me??
    George Macdonald, Jul 22, 2004
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    hu-mi yu Guest

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    I like Windoz (tm), but if you are really tired of
    crawling in the windows your computer, why not
    install doors (tm)?

    - ----------------------------------------------

    Though you see through me,
    I am not a window,
    And what you see
    is only a reflection of yourself.

    Version: GnuPG v1.2.3 (GNU/Linux)

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    hu-mi yu, Jul 23, 2004
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    Strontium Guest

    Yousuf Khan stood up at show-n-tell, in
    CgcLc.1091721$, and said:
    $20M is chump-change, for MS.
    Strontium, Jul 23, 2004
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    JK Guest

    Doors? That doesn't sound so intriguing. A more hitech sounding name
    is portals. How about openings?
    JK, Jul 23, 2004
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    JK Guest

    How about an operating system called periscopes?

    JK, Jul 23, 2004
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    MyndPhlyp Guest

    Doors doesn't sound completely out of place.

    Instead of playing one of M$'s jingles when Doors starts up, it could be
    replaced with a pirated MP3 of "People Are Strange" and fit right in with
    the digit heads. If the user changes their desktop color scheme, it could be
    followed with the musical snip "I see a red door and I want to paint it
    black ..."

    The possibilities just boggle the mynd.
    MyndPhlyp, Jul 23, 2004
  16. "orifices"

    Alexander Grigoriev, Jul 23, 2004
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    MyndPhlyp Guest

    And instead of the terms "GPF", "crash" or "BSOD", it would be called
    "wrecked 'em".
    MyndPhlyp, Jul 23, 2004
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    Roger Hunt Guest

    Roger Hunt, Jul 23, 2004
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    CJT Guest

    CJT, Jul 23, 2004
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    Roger Hunt Guest

    The idea of "sphincters" OS failing doesn't bear thinking about.
    Roger Hunt, Jul 23, 2004
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