When it comes to naming products Microsoft is well-known for getting it wrong. Many of the product names dreamt up by Microsoft sound clunky; some are confusing, while others are undignified or overambitious. So we've put together the top 10 worst Microsoft product names ever.
Here's six more unfortunate Microsoft names.
Even in the DOS era, it was unclear why the name of this venerable disk-checking utility skipped all its vowels; even with the eight-character filename limit it could have at least been Checkdsk or Chekdisk. Today, there's no excuse for not calling it CheckDisk.
All Microsoft products called Messenger
Not that it's inherently bad name. But there's Windows XP's Windows Messenger; there's the unrelated command-line utility called Windows Messenger Service, famous mostly for being a security leak; and there's the old MSN Messenger, which was renamed Windows Live Messenger in 2005. That's at least two Messengers too many. To its credit, though, Microsoft didn't change Messenger to 'Message Explorer'.
Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Access
With Office 2007, Microsoft stuck in a superfluous 'Office' in the middle of some of the best-known names in the history of software. Nobody noticed. Basic rule of thumb: If your customers don't realise that you've changed your product's name, you've failed.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary says 'one-note' means 'monotonous'. Microsoft's handy note-taking application deserves better.
The Road Ahead
Published in 1995, Bill Gates's best-selling book famously didn't predict the rise of the internet, thereby utterly failing to live up to the visionary promise of its title.
Yes, seriously: by the time it finally shipped, 1995 was two-thirds of the way over, leaving the blockbuster new version of Windows sounding slightly stale from the get-go. And it ushered in the era of consistently inconsistent Windows names, from additional year-based ones (Windows 98, 2000), to inappropriately highfalutin' modifiers (Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Vista) to mysterious acronyms (Windows XP).