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Microsoft confirm product names for its next generation operating system and office suite

Windows Codename Whistler is to be known as "Windows XP," and Office 10 is to be known as "Office XP" according to a press release issued yesterday by Microsoft. "The XP name is short for 'experience,' symbolizing the rich and extended user experiences Windows and Office can offer by embracing Web services that span a broad range of devices." "Windows XP and Office XP are important steps toward the Microsoft .NET vision of empowering customers to move beyond disconnected applications, services and devices to complete, connected computing experiences that redefine the relationship between people, software and the Internet." According to CNet, Microsoft will continue to use years to differentiate the names of products within its packages, such as Word 2002 and Excel 2002. You can read the whole announcement here.