The official name for the forthcoming Windows Operating System was announced a couple of days ago on the Windows Vista Team Blog.
The codename, which is being used for some time now is “Windows 7”, and to our surprise “Windows 7” is going to be the official name as well.
The last time that Microsoft gave a version name on their OS was about 16 years ago with Windows 3.1.
After Windows 3.1, the names were roughly based on the OS release dates, hence we had Windows 95, 98, 2000, and ME (Millenium).
Also the Server operating systems had a date name as well, Windows Server 2003 and 2008.
XP was the first Windows “cool” name, and Vista the next one.
I wonder if a few updates or Service Packs later, the version number is going to become something like 7.5.5, reminding of Apple’s Mac OS X (currently on version 10.5.x). Mac OS current naming scheme is really cool with names like Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard etc.
Anyway, they might find a catchy name until the final release date.