Let's help Microsoft name Windows 8

Let's help Microsoft name Windows 8

Summary: Windows 8 may or may not be the final name of Microsoft's next version of Windows client, due out in 2012. If it is just a codename, what should the actual final name be?

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It's easy to forget that"Windows 8" is just a code name. When Microsoft Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky finally uttered the words "Windows 8" in an official capacity earlier this year, he made a point of noting it was nothing but a codename.

Many of us have assumed that Microsoft will call Windows 8 client "Windows 8" when it is released, given that it's the follow-up to Windows 7. But maybe that's not the case....

I've gotten a couple of tips in recent months from various sources cautioning me that Windows 8 may not be the final name of the next version of Windows client. My tipsters didn't spill a list of potential candidates under consideration. But they did note that Windows 8 is nothing but a codename. One of the supposed reasons: Microsoft wants to make it clear that Windows 8 is a break from the past, and, as its execs repeatedly claim, the biggest Windows release since Windows 95. Therefore, a new and different name is in order.

In a September 7 blog post about Hyper-V's inclusion in Windows 8, company officials actually used quotation marks around the name "Windows 8" as Windows watcher Paul Thurrott noted. As my ZDNet colleague Ed Bott added, Microsoft didn't use this convention when referring to Windows 7. Aha! The codename-plot theory thickens....

(As a side note, I'd say it's quite likely that Windows Server 8's final name will be Windows Server 2012 -- or 2013 if it is released to manufacturing very late in the year. In the server world, cute and cuddly names are less valued by the enterprise audience.)

Back to Windows client. Microsoft's BFF Nokia recently put out a call to customers to help the company name its coming Mango Windows Phones.  Maybe we, being the core audience of Microsoft customers, partners and pundits that we are, should help Microsoft with some suggestions for a name for Windows 8.

I doubt Microsoft plans to unveil the final Windows 8 name next week at Build. So there's still time to make suggestions.

Chime in, readers. What should Microsoft call "Windows 8" if it doesn't go with the obvious ("Windows 8")?

Topics: Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • RE: Let's help Microsoft name Windows 8

    Windows Infinity (with 8 in Windows 8 lying on its side) :)
    1773
    • RE: Let's help Microsoft name Windows 8

      @1773 Windows Infinity sounds great! I like it! :)
      Ghost_V
      • RE: Let's help Microsoft name Windows 8

        @Ghost_V
        I love the name
        ocwebmaster
      • RE: Let's help Microsoft name Windows 8

        @Ghost_V So is that how long the hourglass of death is going to remain on screen after you open Word? :P
        Champ_Kind
      • Alternative:

        @Ghost_V
        AboutTime 5.1
        frabjous
      • No... This!

        @Ghost_V

        Microsoft should call Win 8... Fire Storm, why?
        Well, if rumor is true... then significan change is going to be made to it's interface, whether that is the case or not, Fire - Fire symbolizes the purging away of the old, to make way for the new, and Storm - because whether microsoft likes it or not, like all storms... things will be getting a little stired up.
        Yowye
    • RE: Let's help Microsoft name Windows 8

      @1773 Even funnier, the infinity symbol is sometimes called the lemniscate, from the Latin lemniscus, meaning "ribbon".
      ababiec
      • RE: Let's help Microsoft name Windows 8

        @ababiec@... Infinity (ribbon) icon similar to one used by Visual Studio 2010.
        1773
      • RE: Let's help Microsoft name Windows 8

        @ababiec@...
        lemniscus is Greek
        Latin would be l?mnisc?tus meaning "decorated with ribbons"
        no_ip_ad
    • RE: Let's help Microsoft name Windows 8

      @1773 Um, sure, but then what do you call the one after that?? ;)
      bmgoodman
      • RE: Let's help Microsoft name Windows 8

        @bmgoodman Windows 9 !! :D
        1773
      • RE: Let's help Microsoft name Windows 8

        @bmgoodman "Beyond"

        (Buss Light year for those that dont get it)
        nanderto
      • RE: Let's help Microsoft name Windows 8

        @bmgoodman "To infinity and beyond!" - what else? :)
        Bruce Lang
      • RE: Let's help Microsoft name Windows 8

        @bmgoodman

        Who says there has to be another release. Windows could be delivered as a service by then, making Windows Infinity an excellent name.
        ronaldaaa1
      • RE: Let's help Microsoft name Windows 8

        @bmgoodman Infinity+1 ?
        Raised on 8-bits
      • RE: Let's help Microsoft name Windows 8

        @bmgoodman
        DOS
        arg_z
      • RE: Let's help Microsoft name Windows 8

        @bmgoodman Windows Nein!
        james.vandamme
      • RE: Let's help Microsoft name Windows 8

        @bmgoodman <br>After another 88 versions from Windows 7 we will be up to Windows 95.<br>Or should we call it "Deja vu"?
        Mark A.
      • RE: Let's help Microsoft name Windows 8

        @bmgoodman

        Steal from Buzz LIghtyear - "and Beyond"
        wcollar
      • RE: Let's help Microsoft name Windows 8

        @bmgoodman
        "Aleph Null"
        fairportfan