Windows 7 Officially Named…Windows 7Written by Simon Barker on October 19, 2008 · Filed under Software
The successor to Windows Vista has now long been codenamed as simply Windows 7, but it would now appear that Microsoft are going back to basics in another sense and simply calling their 7th version of Windows (in terms of software builds), “Windows 7” when it comes to market.
I wonder if this ties in with their new approach that they seem to be taking with their Windows products that includes their funny Microsoft TV Commercials and also they more mainstream ‘I’m a PC’ adverts.
This is the first time that a development codename for the next version of Windows will be used as the official name when it is finally released. Previous Windows versions have undergone a naming development as follows:
- ‘Chicago’ became ‘Windows 95′
- ‘Memphis’ became ‘Windows 98′
- ‘Whistler’ became ‘Windows XP’
- ‘Longhorn’ became ‘Windows Vista’
In the past Microsoft have used numbers such as Windows 3.11, Windows 95 and Windows 98, but now they are going back to a simpler naming convention for their leading product, perhaps they hope that the name will help to signify that Windows 7 should be a more streamlined and faster operating system than what Windows Vista seems to have got the reputation for being slower and less responsive – not something I necessarily agree with mind you!
Microsoft have recently said that Windows 7 is intended to be less bloated in terms of what it does, with a greater focus on performance and simplification of processing. Therefore features such as email, photo and video applications will not feature as standard and instead be optional downloads – which I believe is a good strategy to be following, I’d rather have a fast running computer as standard and customise it with applications and features that are of use to me!
What do you think to Windows 7 as a name? Do you think Microsoft’s approach to Vista’s successor is going in the right direction?
Source – Custom PC