Today, Microsoft put up a blog post on their Windows Vista Team Blog, Introducing Windows 7. The official codename of Windows 7 is: Windows 7. I bet you didn’t see that coming.
Anyway, if you look at the comments on that page, you’ll see some critisiem about the numbering of Windows. Honestly, I don’t think it’s worth even coming on the numbering they’re using. I’m explain why it hardly matters now too.
Your good friends at Sun, you know, those guys who made Java, totally messed up the world when they released 1 and then 1.2 and so on until 1.4 and then to 6. 6? I don’t know the history very well, but basically, they didn’t keep the numbers in proportional sizes because their development was not proportional and their marketing team didn’t think introducing Java 1.5- 100% better than 1.4 was a good promotion.
I think the Microsoft team who picked the name also something along these lines. Window 7 was codenamed Vienna I believe. The version of windows though, isn’t the 7th. It’s apparently version 6.1. Scary, thought? If Microsoft released Windows 7 as Windows 6.1, just imagine the comparisons to Vista it’d get.
Microsoft is right, though, to get away from Word-names (XP/Vista) and Date-names (95,98,2000). Look at Adobe. They’re CS line doesn’t have dates or names, it’s just CS through CS4. Pretty simple.
People in the Vista Blog comments seem to think that naming Windows 7 while it’s actually just Windows 6.1 will lead to confusion when they come to the real Windows Version 7. So what, I’m constantly confused about the Java visioning and I doubt Windows 7’s name will make it harder to tell them apart.