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.
Thread beginning with comment 333615
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: Nice
by segedunum on Tue 14th Oct 2008 13:13 UTC in reply to "Nice"
segedunum
Member since:
2005-07-06

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.

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE[2]: Nice
by r_a_trip on Tue 14th Oct 2008 13:20 in reply to "RE: Nice"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

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?

Reply Parent Score: 5

RE[3]: Nice
by mckill on Tue 14th Oct 2008 13:35 in reply to "RE[2]: Nice"
mckill Member since:
2007-06-12

by the time Windows "7" ships intel will be phasing out i7 and be releasing their next gen stuff.

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE[3]: Nice
by segedunum on Tue 14th Oct 2008 14:02 in reply to "RE[2]: Nice"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

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.

Reply Parent Score: 0

RE[3]: Nice
by sbenitezb on Tue 14th Oct 2008 18:35 in reply to "RE[2]: Nice"
sbenitezb Member since:
2005-07-22

Are we going to see a lot of 7 products from different vendors. Like the XP moniker when MS came out with Windows XP?


Sure. KDE 7.0 will also be released by that time. Kidding.

Reply Parent Score: 3