Mary Jo has been investing Microsoft’s recent decision to call Windows Server 7, Windows Server 2008 R2. This to many is indicating it as a minor release and is also reflecting on the client version of Windows 7 as a minor release. Here is a quote:
Over the past couple of years, both the Windows client and Windows
server teams have been structuring their releases to alternate between
major and minor ones.
(On the server side, the Softies have been rolling out a major
release followed by a minor update (known as Release 2, or R2) every
two years. On the client side, the timing has been off, but the major/minor cadence has been pretty similar.)Starting with Windows 7, however, that logic and naming structure
that Microsoft has worked to establish for Windows seems to breaking
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I hate to say it, but Windows 7 client is beginning to sound like a
minor release indeed. With both the Server and Client expected to RTM
the same time, it pretty much adds up that Windows 7 will actually be
version 6.1. The reason I am hearing for the code name is because Steve
Sinofsky likes whole numbers, but at the same time, it just does not
add up why you would call the codename ‘Windows 7’, unless the Windows
Team is considering it a 7th release of the Windows product, not
technically a 7th ‘version’ of the NT kernel itself. We must take into
account, Microsoft stop using the NT version in its branding with the
release of Windows 2000 which was 5.0, XP 5.1, Server 2003 5.2.
is the problem I just discovered after writing the above, Microsoft
could not use that logic, since it would mean that XP was the 6th
release of Windows, Vista the 7th and 7 being the 8th.
needs to explain themselves. If it continues with the 6.1 version by
Beta 1, its definitely a Vista R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2 releases.
Another thing about versions
- During the early
parts of the Longhorn development, when the OS was at Alpha, Microsoft
christened it version 6.0, I am talking builds 4xxx. The leaked Windows
7 builds we have been seeing earlier this year have been using the
version 6.1 for the kernel. Some said that was because not all of the
product had matured enough to become a part of what at Microsoft is
called the ‘winmain’ build. Persons in the enthusiast community assumed
that by PDC 2008 Windows 7’s kernel would reflect version 7, but with
PDC only a couple months away, its looking unlikely at this stage.