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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Comment by prymitive
by prymitive on Wed 15th Oct 2008 12:36 UTC
prymitive
Member since:
2006-11-20

Windows 2000 code was 5.0 and then we shipped Windows XP as 5.1, even though it was a major release we didn't' want to change code version numbers to maximize application compatibility.

Since when You tweak app compatibility by changing version numbers? Don't You do keep them compatible by keeping API stable anymore?

Edited 2008-10-15 12:36 UTC

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RE: Comment by prymitive
by Nelson on Wed 15th Oct 2008 20:14 in reply to "Comment by prymitive"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

No. There are a surprising number of legacy applications that do hard checks for Operating System versions.

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RE[2]: Comment by prymitive
by prymitive on Thu 16th Oct 2008 18:19 in reply to "RE: Comment by prymitive"
prymitive Member since:
2006-11-20

So in windows world apps do things like:

if $WINDOWS_VERSION != $KNOWN_GOOD {
crash();
}

??

That is amazing programming achievement! They should patent it!

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