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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Simplicity should continue with versions
by cmost on Tue 14th Oct 2008 15:56 UTC
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If Microsoft has an ounce of sense, it will learn another lesson from the Vista fiasco and consolodate Windows 7 back to two versions: Professional / Enterprise and Home / Personal. It was misleading and outright gouging to produce six variants of Vista. Everyone wants Ultimate but most OEM's shipped Home Basic, which was useless or Home Premium (or maybe if one was lucky, Vista Business.) Better yet, Microsoft should simply produce one lean, fast core OS with strong security features and let businesses and home users add the superfluous features a la carte like Aero glass & other themes, Media center, drive encryption, etc. via separate PLUS! packs. This way, users can tailor the OS to their specific needs and not waste space or resources on features they don't want or need. In my opinion, Microsoft's biggest mistake over the years is trying to cram everything but the kitchen sink into each new Windows release while still trying to maintain backward compatibility with DOS!

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