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soozyg
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10/9/2014 | 11:48:25 AM
iNDOWS
They also considered iNDOWS

They'd probably be sued by Apple within nanoseconds.
Whoopty
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10/9/2014 | 11:52:10 AM
Spinal Tap!
Nice reference there!

I too can see it making its OS of the future into Cortana. It certainly would ring true with the OS of the future that Her showed us. 

Still in the mean time, I think you're probably right, 10 was mostly just a round number and sounds almost next generation. 'This one has two digits.' It could also be going head to head with OS X in a naming war, since technically they're both called the same thing now. 
soozyg
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10/9/2014 | 11:52:25 AM
version
Windows is Windows, and really Microsoft shouldn't care too much whether you're using 7, 8, or 10. 

I think numbers are better than names, though. Mac's OS's always have a name--Snow Leopard, Panther, etc--and because they're not numbered I never remember their order.
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10/9/2014 | 2:53:35 PM
Shouting versus whispering
Skipping a number, of course, shouts to the world that this is so different it can't be associated with its progenitors. The first company I remember doing this was Sybase, long ago. Of course, if you have to shout, that means nobody is really paying attention to you. Apple sells devices with whispered rumors on what they may be like.
Lorna Garey
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10/9/2014 | 4:12:34 PM
Re: Shouting versus whispering
Versioning has become meaningless. It's just branding, as a recent column discussed - if we all stopped rewarding these games with breathless speculation, maybe vendors would stop playing.
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10/9/2014 | 5:38:30 PM
Re: version
There's a reason it is called "Window Pane"  Pun iNTENDED.

Someone on the MSFT Windows Development team must dabble in Numerology because: 

Negatively, number 9 relates to disconnection, lethargy and an inability to concentrate and focus.

This.

 
Thomas Claburn
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10/9/2014 | 6:09:47 PM
Re: Shouting versus whispering
Products should be versioned by date, to avoid annoyances like the Intel Core Duo 2 and Mac OS X 10.10.

 
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10/9/2014 | 6:33:06 PM
Re: Shouting versus whispering
You're right -- it's really about branding -- which MSFT has done a very poor job with over the years. Numbers don't really count anymore, they are not consumer friendly, and even for IT tech buyers and support staff, you have to know what's different about it, what it does, etc. 

Two random thoughts 

1. I keep thinkinf of the old Beatles song which starts  with John Lennon saying "Number 9, Number 9..."

2. I'm so glad they didn't go with the English Alphabet, so no Version A, G, W...techies don't like letters
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10/9/2014 | 6:35:19 PM
Re: iNDOWS
My favorite:

 

When they named this one, they used Common Core math.
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10/9/2014 | 9:20:48 PM
Re: Shouting versus whispering
@Thomas, I like that method!
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