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 Luminair
by Luminair on Wed 15th Oct 2008 15:48 UTC
Luminair
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2007-03-30

The explanation is pathetic. Says a lot that it is all they could come up with.

The Windows 7 name exists to distance it from Vista as much as possible. Grabbing into the coat tails of the now-trendy mac os numeral scheme is just a bonus.

Windows 7 is a small change rather than a big one, just like XP was, and just like its kernel version suggestions.

It may go down as the biggest red herring in software marketing history. We will see...

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RE: Comment by Luminair
by Nelson on Wed 15th Oct 2008 20:19 in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

What a ridiculous statement.

Since when does features (of which the scope you have absolutely no idea) have any bearing on the name of a release?

Windows 7 is indeed Windows Vista + 1, that's undeniable in that it is the direct successor to it.

Windows 6.1 is being used for compatibility reasons (much like how Windows XP was 5.1).

Does that mean that XP was not a monumental step up from the non-NT predecessors? No. It just means that they decided to preserve a major revision number.

It's amazing there are so many articles over something so trivial. Accept it and move on.

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Thu 16th Oct 2008 09:43 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

think about this. you are in a logical black hole

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