While in the early phases of announcing upcoming releases of Windows Server 2008, as well as "Office 14", internal code name for future versions of Windows desktop software, Microsoft carefully skipped over any mention of the "Vista" operating system. Internal sources say the Vista product is being rebranded with a name change to "Octaware" for 2010.
Trying desperately to generate some interest for their product through this name change, Microsoft turned to recent hot press coverage on Octomum, hopefully aligning themselves with accidental hits for those internet searches. Octaware will not represent an upgrade to the software at all, just a re-packaging of the shipping box and CD labels. Since product sales are typically linked with internet search hit rates, executives at Microsoft remain hopeful that this internet awareness strategy will pay off.
International development manager Handel Udiq told newspaper reporters, "Vista is a pretty good product the way it is. You know, not too bad I mean. Whether we called it Vista or Mojave or Octaware, the important thing to remember is that we tried."
Udiq was immediately shown the door following his interview with reporters, but can be reached through his new consulting company, "Average Coding Geeks for Hire".