Uncovering tech's most peculiar product codenames

Tech companies go to painstaking lengths to keep new products confidential, which is why many of them assign "secret" product codenames. Here's an insider's look at some of the most unusual codenames, with themes ranging from felines to fairytales.

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Microsoft Windows' Favorite Cities

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While Mozilla has demonstrated an affinity for nature, Microsoft chose several U.S. cities as codenames for its Windows products. Windows 95 was codenamed Chicago, Windows 95 OSR 2 was codenamed Detroit, Nashville was used for a cancelled upgrade for Windows 95 as well as Explorer 4.0, and Windows 98 was codenamed Memphis.

Side story: Apple codenamed Mac OS 7.5, a competing product to Microsoft's Windows 95, "Capone" after the legendary Chicago mob boss.

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