Is Windows 7 really just version 6.1?

Mary Jo’s recent realization of the miscommunication about the future of Windows Server releases unearth some new information about the versioning. An anonymous tipster informed MJ that Windows 7 (server and client) are actually version 6.1 and both products will RTM at the same time (ETA January 2010). What could this mean for Windows 7 both client and server? Don’t be confused though, Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 will share the same code base, meaning an NT 7 the kernel is still somewhere out in the future.

Here is what that person had to say:
“Furthermore, Windows 7, despite it’s rather pretentious sounding code name (a result of
Sinofsky’s like of big round numbers)
is NOT Windows NT 7, but rather 6.1(current builds are numbered 67xx as
a direct continuation of the longhorn codebase). Put simply, it is not
a big jump as a codebase revision and the new changes, on both the
client and server, will be focused on user features, not core OS
components. The big core OS changes are WDDM 2 and a kernel scheduler
update to remove the simple bitmask enumeration of processors so that
the OS can schedule more than 64 concurrent threads."

Thoughts? I don’t believe it for one sec! Remember the Eric Traut video, the guy working on MinWin? Well he asked
why Windows 7 is called Windows ‘7’. Then he began to list all the
versions of Windows "NT" based operating systems. This would conclude
that Windows 7 is indeed NT version 7, regardless it is considered
evolutionary.

If
you look back at even the release of Windows NT 4.0, it was a minor
update that just added the Windows 95 shell, yet it was still given a
whole version number, both kernel version and release wise. We won’t know whats going on, and all of this from my perspective is really just discussion for now. Lets stay tuned to the Engineering 7 blog and hope we get more concrete info as the months lead up to PDC 2008 and WinHEC 2008. 

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