Windows 7 to Be Called Windows 7

Windows LogoWhen I first heard that codename Windows Longhorn was to be branded Windows Vista, I scoffed at the name. It sounded too dumbed-down, as if computer users couldn’t grasp the concept of version numbers and acronyms. 3.11, 95, 98, 2000, NT, XP — now those were version names. Vista sounds like listless. Two years later, that’s exactly how Vista sales are: listless.

That’s why I’m glad Microsoft will brand Windows 7 simply that: Windows 7.

Over the years, we’ve watched Windows go from cool DOS front-end to integrated graphical OS to vaguely bloated mess. Let’s hope this return to simplicity in name reflects a return to simplicity in function.