Linked by Adam S on Wed 15th Oct 2008 12:02 UTC
Windows It was announced yesterday that the Microsoft OS code-named Windows 7 will be shipping as "Windows 7," exciting and surprising many. There was much question, even in our own piece, as to how Microsoft arrived at 7 for an OS likely destined to be version 6.1. Microsoft answered our question in a post called "Why 7?" on the Windows Vista Blog.
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the major version should be changed if backwards compatibility breaks. i see no other reason to change it.

a major version should not be changed if a lot of stuff has changed since this is not measurable. for marketing purposes alternative names can be used (like apple does). or in the worst case hide the major number from the product (like sun does). but not make up random names.

the 1/2/3/95/me/2000/xp/2003/vista/7 naming scheme is driving me nuts.

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