Microsoft settled for Windows 7 as the final name for the next windows OS code named Windows 7, Mike Nash announced on Windows Vista blog. Microsoft will share pre-beta releases of windows 7 with developers at PDC and WinHEC conferences.
Windows 7 name is finalized because it is the seventh release of windows, and Microsoft doesn’t want to come with an “aspirational” name like XP and Vista for the OS.
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. And 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.
Simply put, this is the seventh release of Windows, so therefore “Windows 7” just makes sense.