some more funny hints.

CLR was called COR or 'Component Object Runtime', as the next version of COM.

.NET was called  NGWS or 'Next Generation Windows Services'.

https://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2000/jun00/forumumbrellapr.mspx

.NET has these goals:

Improved User Experience Puts People in Control
Ease of Use/Simplicity
Internet Standards
Business Integration and Opportunity

.NET has such a component

.NET User Experience. A new set of technologies for building next-generation user experiences, including the new Universal Canvas XML-based compound information architecture, natural user interface, ......

and .NET Passport has a role in the picture,

So Windows 8 looks like a 'reimplementation' of all these vision of NGWS, 10 years after, right ?

Gates RULEZ!