Microsoft Will Call the Successor to Vista, Windows 7

October 14th, 2008 at 12:00 am

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Software, any software like any product gets a name. During development, when the product is still a prototype it could get a codename that may build hype for the awaiting consumers or simply keep competitors wondering. 

For example, Mac OS X releases are named after cats, there’s Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Tiger, Leopard and their upcoming latest, Snow Leopard. 

For Windows, unlike Macs, they have their code names before release then an official name for release.  Windows 3.1 was called the Janus, Windows 95 – Chicago, Windows 98 – Memphis, Windows XP – Whistler and Windows Vista was known as Longhorn prior to its release.

The successor to Windows Vista as we’ve been hearing is called Windows 7 during its development.   Now, that Windows 7 project will simply be known as just Windows 7.  Yes, the next version of the Microsoft operating system client is Windows 7.

"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. 

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." [Windows Vista Team Blog]

There it is then, the seventh release of the world’s most used operating system is simply Windows 7.  A pre-beta release of the software will be released to developers only in the next few weeks during two Microsoft  events, PDC and WinHEC.

By the way, that’s not the official logo.