Quote: Originally Posted by wguimb
Very nice assessment. I agree with SoLoR in that RC branch beta builds will be around 7130 to 7150 towards the end of May. It makes a lot of sense that they might brand the actual RC as 6.1.7777. They are using NT 6.1 moniker so that developers can do a version check during beta code development. It will likely remain that way.
Don't let Microsoft snow you. They aren't choosing the NT 6.1 moniker for compatibility. They are choosing the 6.1 moniker because it fits -- it's a revision of Vista, which was NT 6.0.
Just like Windows 2000 was NT 5.0
then XP (which was built on Win2k) became NT 5.1
Then Server 20003 -- which was built on XP -- became NT 5.2
Vista/Server 2008 was a brand new kernel, built from scratch, and was aptly named NT 6.0.
Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 is built on NT 6.0 and will be NT 6.1.
But then Microsoft chose the stupid "Windows 7" name and was asked "then why isn't it NT 7.0"? Because it can't be -- it's built on Vista! (NT 6.0)
So, rather than come clean and admit they chose an illogical "marketing" name for the next consumer OS, they wink and say they made it "NT 6.1" instead of "7.0" for "compatibility". AS I said, look at the server side -- same kernel and they are calling it Server 2008 R2. "Windows 7" IS NT 6.1 and is Vista R2.
What happens when they DO create a brand new kernel and it's NT 7.0? What are they going to call that?