Dot Net was originally called NGWS.
Before the official announcement of Dot Net, the term NGWS was used for Microsoft's plans for producing
an "Internet-based platform of Next Generation Windows Services".
This new family of Microsoft .NET products and technologies replaces the previous working
title of Next Generation Windows Services (NGWS) and includes software for developers
to build next-generation Internet experiences as well as power a new breed of smart Internet devices.
Microsoft also announced plans for new products built on the .NET platform,
including new generations of the Microsoft Windows® operating system,
Windows DNA servers, Microsoft Office, the MSN™ network of Internet services and
the Visual Studio® development system.