What did the letters “NT” originally stand for?


Finally, the real story of what the letters "N" and "T" originally stood for is now public, so I can stop being coy about it. (Via LockerGnome.)

Comments (4)
  1. TRS-80 says:

    Note the date on the article: January 24, 2003

  2. Anonymous says:

    Please, we all know HAL -> IBM and WNT -> VMS is the real reason.

  3. Raymond Chen says:

    That’s right, and Windows Update is a government conspiracy. Look: Windows Update = WUP; shift it left two letters and you get USN = United States Navy.

    And open source software is secretly trying to deny your right to drive your car alone: GNU + 1 = HOV.

    Oh, and did I mention: The Longhorn Client is really a plot by the KGB. LHC – 1 = KGB.

  4. Mike Dimmick says:

    Would you prefer Mark Lucovsky’s presentation to the 4th USENIX Windows Systems Symposium in August 2000?

    See http://www.usenix.org/events/usenix-win2000/invitedtalks/lucovsky.ppt, where Lucovsky discusses the history of Windows NT before noting how the process for Windows 2000 nearly broke down completely…

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