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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by gabrielwalker on Tue 14th Oct 2008 16:43 UTC
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From the linked blog post, the guy explains that they got away from naming Windows after years because they don't keep to a yearly release schedule. Okay, that makes sense.

Then he mentions that they wanted to avoid coming up with another "aspirational" name for Windows 7, because, in Microsoft's view, Windows 7 is delivering on their "aspirations" for what they had in mind for Windows Vista in the first place.

And so, Windows 7.

-- Here's my comment: Why not name it "Windows Buena Vista"? You know. As in, "Windows: Good Vista". ;)

At the very least, they're consistent in their inconsistencies.

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