Linked by Adam S on Tue 14th Oct 2008 12:30 UTC
Windows According to the official Windows Vista Blog, Microsoft has decided that, in order to keep things simple, the OS code-named "Windows 7" will officially be called "Windows 7." Sayeth the poster: "since we began development of the next version of the Windows client operating system we have been referring to it by a codename, "Windows 7." But now is a good time to announce that we've decided to officially call the next version of Windows, "Windows 7."" Of course, this introduces a major issue - if the version number of Windows 7 is, in fact, 6.1 or 6.2, as many expect, how can you call it Windows 7? And if the kernel version is updated to version 7, how many apps and drivers might fail due to poor version checking? I'm sure the upcoming PDC and WinHEC events will shed some light on this.
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RE[3]: Nice
by segedunum on Tue 14th Oct 2008 14:02 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Nice"
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I don't think the "nice glyph" remark is linked to logical considerations. It might merely mean that a 7 is a nice shape to make pretty pictures with.

It's not really of any use marketing-wise, and doesn't mean anything as a glyph, unless you can keep some sort of running theme going through future versions of Windows to link them all together. However, that's something that Microsoft are no good at really and they've put no thought into it whatsoever. You can have a go at Apple about lots of things but their OS X cat naming scheme is brilliant. It produces nice glyphs, glyphs that mean something to people via their continuity and memorable names.

Microsoft needed to break with previous naming schemes, and with Vista, by coming up with something fresh, memorable and continuous. That isn't it.

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