Originally Posted by TheBum
Just like "Windows" is a descriptive term for the type of user interface, a term in use long before Windows 1.0 came out. If they're going to establish the "descriptive term" standard, MS should have their Windows trademark invalidated.
Originally Posted by jragosta
Not true. By the time Microsoft got the Windows trademark, 'windows' was widely used to describe those rectangles on your computer screen with information inside. In fact, the use and terminology of 'windows' predates Microsoft's use of "Windows" to describe their product.
Agreed. I wrote to the IBM OS/2 team during the Windows rollout (and great stabbing in the back of their patrons in Armonk) and suggested IBM change the name of OS/2 to "Doors."
As in you can open and walk through doors, but even if you manage to open a window, you have to awkwardly climb in....
...oh well, it was a thought....
...and not that their listening to me would have accomplished a great deal, LoLz.... ...but I did get a nice letter back from the then new IBM CEO's office thanking me, and later some videotapes I think were generally only sent to major clients and developers, one Apple-related (about the "AIM Alliance," i.e., the Apple-IBM-Motorola "Pink" initiative, some residual bits of which, I believe found its way into OS X).