Windows 7 will be called “Windows 7”

by on October 15, 2008
in Microsoft, Windows

Microsoft has finally announced that their upcoming OS will be officially called as Windows 7, the codename itself. This is the first time Microsoft will ever use the codename for the final product.

Mike Nash, of Windows Vista blog, confirmed this yesterday and said that Microsoft will continue to share more details with developers on Windows 7 at PDC and WinHEC conferences.

“Since we began development of the next version of the Windows client operating system we have been referring to it by a codename, “Windows 7.” But now is a good time to announce that we’ve decided to officially call the next version of Windows, “Windows 7” Nash said.

He also added that Windows 7’s name is all about simplicity:

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.

Next professional developers conference starts on October 27th, where more details will be revealed. Keep a look out for that!

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