Windows 7 To Be Called……Windows 7. Seriously!

Sometimes the stuff that happens in this industry is too strange to make up. Take this example. According to this blog posting, the upcoming version of Windows which has been codenamed Windows 7 will actually be called Windows 7. Why you ask? Let Microsoft’s Mike Nash explain:

The decision to use the name Windows 7 is about simplicity. Over the years, we have taken different approaches to naming Windows.  We’ve used version numbers like Windows 3.11, or dates like Windows 98, or “aspirational” monikers like Windows XP or Windows Vista.  And since we do not ship new versions of Windows every year, using a date did not make sense.  Likewise, coming up with an all-new “aspirational” name does not do justice to what we are trying to achieve, which is to stay firmly rooted in our aspirations for Windows Vista, while evolving and refining the substantial investments in platform technology in Windows Vista into the next generation of Windows.

Simply put, this is the seventh release of Windows, so therefore “Windows 7” just makes sense.

Okay then. Call it whatever you want. But let’s face facts for a second:

  1. If you look at these screenshots, Windows 7 looks just like Vista. I guess that’s what Nash means when he says that it’s “firmly rooted in our aspirations for Windows Vista.” Could it be that Windows 7 is a warmed over version of Vista?
  2. Microsoft is going to be handing out betas (or “pre-beta developer only release” in Microsoft speak) at PDC and at WinHEC. That implies that Windows 7 is a lot further along then Microsoft is leading us to believe. Is a 2009 release that unrealistic? In the past I would have said yes. But given the circus that is Vista, one would think that Microsoft has an incentive to ship Windows 7 quickly before Apple takes over the world.

I suspect things are about to get very interesting in the Windows world. Stay tuned to this page for whatever happens next.

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