Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Aug 2012 02:12 UTC, submitted by KLU9
Microsoft Eh. Microsoft has instructed its employees to drop the name 'Metro', due to a trademark conflict with an 'an important European partner'. The Verge has learned that Microsoft plans to unveil a new name next week. Considering Microsoft has been beating the Metro drum for quite a few years now, this all seems a bit silly. The European partner in question is believed to be Metro AG, a huge collection of electronic retail stores covering several different chains (I've got a few within a few kilometres of my middle-of-nowhere hick hometown). Depending on what they come up with, I will continue to use the Metro name. I like it, and I don't give a rat's bum about trademark disputes.
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Just call it what it is
by tuaris on Sat 4th Aug 2012 21:19 UTC
tuaris
Member since:
2007-08-05

Why not just call it what it really is instead of fooling the less intelligent with all this marketing.

Windows 6.2

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RE: Just call it what it is
by Laurence on Sun 5th Aug 2012 00:58 in reply to "Just call it what it is"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Why not just call it what it really is instead of fooling the less intelligent with all this marketing.

Windows 6.2


You're wrong on all counts:

Windows 8 is definitely version NT 8 for the following reasons:

Windows 7 is actually Windows 7 (the internal version number of 6.1 was purely for compatibility reasons: http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/archive/b/windowsvista/archive/2... ). Win 8 is a much more significant break from Win7 and 7 was from Vista so it seems fair that Win 8 would be a major version number up as well (thus Windows 8).

Furthermore, Metro is just a shell and not an OS. So calling it "Windows n" would just be ignorant anyway. It would be like calling Explorer.exe "Windows 95" or progman.exe "Windows 3.x".

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RE[2]: Just call it what it is
by Laurence on Mon 6th Aug 2012 11:08 in reply to "RE: Just call it what it is"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I really do with that the peers who feel compelled to negative vote would at least have the balls to provide a technical explanation why.

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RE[2]: Just call it what it is
by btrimby on Mon 6th Aug 2012 17:38 in reply to "RE: Just call it what it is"
btrimby Member since:
2009-09-30

Um... it's running on Windows NT 6.2 At least the release preview.

I'm pretty sure that's what he meant.

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RE[2]: Just call it what it is
by zima on Sat 11th Aug 2012 22:45 in reply to "RE: Just call it what it is"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Windows 8 is definitely version NT 8 for the following reasons:
Windows 7 is actually Windows 7 (the internal version number of 6.1 was purely for compatibility reasons: http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/archive/b/windowsvista/archive/2... ). Win 8 is a much more significant break from Win7 and 7 was from Vista so it seems fair that Win 8 would be a major version number up as well (thus Windows 8).

I don't know... Win7 is, for practical purposes, not far from Vista SE 'let's use a PR trick of "lucky 7"' - there's hardly any reason to upgrade to 7 from service-packed Vista (and IIRC the 64bit versions even basically share the kernel now)

PS.
I agree it's a completely retarded approach to version numbering, but that's MS for you :p

Give them some slack, their versioning is not so bad. Not when compared to the recent inflation of browser numbers, or of ~early Linux distros ( http://slackware.com/faq/do_faq.php?faq=general#0 ), or the change from long-standing Linux 2.6.x to 3.x.

Edited 2012-08-11 22:50 UTC

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RE: Just call it what it is
by zima on Sat 11th Aug 2012 23:12 in reply to "Just call it what it is"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Why not just call it what it really is instead of fooling the less intelligent with all this marketing.
Windows 6.2

So, you seem to think it's sensible to go down with version number - that's so "intelligent" of you...

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