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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They are calling it Windows 7 not because it'll be a version 7 kernel (it's just kind of a re-release of Vista's), but because as the blog says "it is the 7th release of Windows" which I think makes sense, what does not make sense is from what point they are counting it as the 7th... by naming only the consumer versions you end up with ~10 (or 8 if you want to remove NT and 2000). The 7 will be just a pretty name IMO, it's really ambiguous from every other perspective. All said, having Vista all over again is disappointing to say the least.

1. Windows 1.x
2. Windows 2.x
3. Windows 3.x
4. Windows NT
5. Windows 95
6. Windows 98
6 1/2. Windows ME
7. Windows 2000
8. Windows XP
9. Windows Vista
10. Windows 7???

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