Monday, October 20, 2008

When 7 becomes the new 6.1

Never mind the poor chihuhua in the photo, it was there before the chair broken and got away in time. No animal was harm during the photo shoot. ~LOL~

I just wanted to give y'all a picture of what I mean, when something is largely over proportioned for its own size. It also goes in rhyme like what the girls love to say about the size of the clothes, something like that. ;-p
What I'm talking about? I'm talking about Windows 7, which I previously mentioned here at PalmAddict that the next heir to Windows Vista throne is simply named as Windows 7. Why?

Why, is a natural question that comes up after knowing the OS for your office's computers is gonna be named differently from its predecessor. Well, even though Microsoft has officially announce the reason behind picking up the new name; like you, I'm more interested to guess and find out what could be the real reasons are. Besides, it wouldn't be fun for this end of the week if I've done covering Apple/iPhone & Google/Android, but left behind the easiest one to be made fun of all: Microsoft/Windows. ;-D

I read a very interesting fact at PCW Business Center, it's about this naming game that Microsoft finally decided to use no. 7 instead of its original build number: To reach the magic number, Microsoft tossed all Windows 9x versions -- Windows 95, 98, 92 SE and Millennium -- as Windows 4.0. By that reckoning, Windows 2000 is 5.0 and Vista is 6.0.

To confuse matters further, Mike Nash, vice president of Windows product management noted that although the next Windows will carry the "7" moniker, and is considered the seventh version of the operating system, its code will actually be marked as Windows 6.1. "We decided to ship the Windows 7 code as Windows 6.1, which is what you will see in the actual version of the product [when you run] cmd.exe," said Nash.

One interesting comment comes from PatriotB, an anonymous visitor at Windows Vista Blog site: "No one at [Microsoft] wants to admit that in the grand scheme of things, it's a comparatively minor release, so no one's willing to be brave and stick up for calling it Windows 6.1 after all the months of letting the Windows 7 codename float around."

But a more professional comment is presented by Michael Cherry, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft, "There may be all sorts of reasons that 'Windows 7' makes marketing sense because it allows Microsoft to distance themselves from any perception people have about Vista."

Does it matter to have a killer name for a good/bad product? Do we have to care with all the fuzz about Windows new naming endorsement? Maybe not, but IMHO it sure is amusing to make fun of it. ~LOL~

UPDATE: "[Windows 7], it's Windows Vista, a lot better," said Ballmer during a 45-minute question-and-answer session hosted by a pair of Gartner Inc. analysts at the research firm's annual Symposium ITxpo in Orlando, Fla. Read the whole article.

[blogged with my Treo 750v]

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