Why did the message on the Start menu change from Start to Ship It! for one build?

Raymond Chen

Raymond

David Simunič noticed that the message on the Start menu changed from Start to Ship It! for one build back in late 1994. What’s the story behind this?

This was a rogue change by a member of the user interface team.

The message Ship It! was one rogue developer’s expression of a combination of encouragement and impatience.

It was encouragement to the rest of the team to buckle down and finish the job. And it was impatience that the project had been in development for so long and hasn’t shipped yet.

The change was completely unauthorized and, as David noticed, reverted in the very next build. But the team got the message.

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