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Windows 7

With the new year nearly upon us (2 weeks away), 2009 will be a huuuge year for new versions of software from Microsoft.

I’m pretty sure we’ll see Windows 7, Office 14, Windows Azure (cloud), and probably Silverlight 3.   Of course, the biggest of these is probably Windows 7 – sounds like it’s shaping up rather nicely.

I spoke to some folk over the weekend – and there weren’t exactly Microsoft “bashing” – but rather critical of Windows Vista.  

And “why does Microsoft say that the previous version was crap – and now we must get the new FANTASTIC version”.   Of course, that “new” version will end up the victim, when the NEXT version arrives.

Dunno if I agree totally – but I understand the sentiment.

The other discussion was about “Windows 7” – and my brother-in-law asking “why are they calling it that when it’s not really version 7, but 6.1” – blah blah blah.

To be honest, I didn’t know exactly – until I found this post from the official Windows team blog :

The very first release of Windows was Windows 1.0, the second was Windows 2.0, the third Windows 3.0.

Here’s where things get a little more complicated. 

Following Windows 3.0 was Windows NT which was code versioned as Windows 3.1.

Then came Windows 95, which was code versioned as Windows 4.0

Then, Windows 98, 98 SE and Windows Millennium each shipped as 4.0.1998, 4.10.2222, and 4.90.3000, respectively.

So we’re counting all 9x versions as being 4.0.

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.

That brings us to Windows Vista, which is 6.0

So we see Windows 7 as our next logical significant release and 7th in the family of Windows releases.

Why 7 ?

That sounds logical enough, eh ?   

I remember hearing that there’s more difference between Windows-XP and Windows-Vista, than from Windows-3.1 to Windows-95.    Wow !

And – yep, I kinda agree with my brother-in-law – who reckons Windows 7 is really Windows 6.1.

I guess it’s just a “name” – and a lot better than “Windows 2010”…!

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2 Responses

  1. So, what’s the story with Windows Server 2008? What version is that? Or why did we have a Windows NT 4.0 then? Hmmm… I smell a revisionist’s history above…

  2. Strange, if you count Windows NT you should also count windows 2003…

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