I was on vacation with my family in Stowe, Vermont in July 2005 when I received a phone call from Microsoft PR after having ignored a briefing request. “You’re going to want to hear this one,” I was told. And so I lifted myself out of the pool-side chaise lounge, closed the book I was reading, and told my wife and kids that I needed a few minutes to deal with a work call.
It was Windows product manager Greg Sullivan. Microsoft was prepping to announce the final name for the version of Windows that had been known only by its Longhorn codename for the past several years. So I accepted the call.