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 Thom_Holwerda on Tue 14th Oct 2008 12:43 UTC
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Excellent choice. Simple, to the point, and no weird marketing bla bla. This is what I mean when I say that the people working on Windows 7 are not the people who worked on Vista.

Incidentally, the "7" is a nice glyph for logo making (like Apple's X)

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RE: Nice
by kragil on Tue 14th Oct 2008 12:49 in reply to "Nice"
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Let's wait and see. Vista had a lot of cool things going for it in the first year of its development.

The first 80% of any software are always fun and games.
The last 20% are the hard stuff. And MS has not the best track record on getting those done in time.

Just one blog with nice posts does not convince me otherwise.

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by Adam S on Tue 14th Oct 2008 13:05 in reply to "RE: Nice"
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The E7 blog is the best thing Microsoft could have done to excite me for Windows 7. If you read it, it actually sounds like the engineers are getting direct feedback.

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RE: Nice
by segedunum on Tue 14th Oct 2008 13:13 in reply to "Nice"
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Wow, first post.

The problem is that the version number doesn't convey anything to anyone. To developers, the internal version is likely still to be 6.x and the version number of 7 means absolutely nothing to end users given the naming scheme of Windows since Windows 95. Vista was a departure again. At least Apple have stayed consistent, called Mac OS OS X, given each version a proper internal version number for people who care and given each release a nice cat name for everyone else.

Incidentally, the "7" is a nice glyph for logo making (like Apple's X)

Is it? I don't see where the progressive and logical naming scheme comes from.

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by r_a_trip on Tue 14th Oct 2008 13:20 in reply to "RE: 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.

What strikes me is that Intel also has their i7. Are we going to see a lot of 7 products from different vendors. Like the XP moniker when MS came out with Windows XP?

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RE: Nice
by stone on Tue 14th Oct 2008 14:09 in reply to "Nice"
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its NOT a good name, for the simple reason that it isnt windows7 - its windows6.1.

vista is windows6. this version is an incremental upgrade to vista just like xp was an incremental update to windows2000. and just like xp is windows5.1 this version should be named windows6.1

calling it windows7 is the worst possible name as its entirely misleading on several levels.


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RE[2]: Nice
by REM2000 on Tue 14th Oct 2008 15:48 in reply to "RE: Nice"
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the internal number scheme does affect the fact that this is the seventh version of windows to be released.

I too think this is a good name, i never liked the XP or Vista mokia. It'll be nice if they could get into the logical apple method of numbering, i.e. SP1 could be 7.1, etc..

Im just glad they didn't use the year method as before, a la windows 2000. As this is well and truly in the windows server arena, Windows 2008, Exchange 2007 etc..

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by dagw on Tue 14th Oct 2008 15:54 in reply to "RE: Nice"
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calling it windows7 is the worst possible name as its entirely misleading on several levels.

It worked out OK for Java 2 Solaris 7. Only the nerdiest of computer nerds will even care that the new numbering system is 'wrong'. 99.95% of their target audience won't care in the slightest about internal numbering or how "misleading" it is.

If you really think that Windows 7 "is the worst possible name" that they could come up with then you really need to get out more.

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