Poll: What should Microsoft name Windows 8.1 update 1?

In April, Microsoft will push out an update for Windows 8.1 that will bring quite a few new features to the platform. According to the leaks, this will include enhancements for mouse and keyboard users and also the ability to pin modern apps to the taskbar. 

Seeing as Microsoft, with its last large update, bumped Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, what should the company do with Windows 8.1 update 1? Will the company still refer to the platform as Windows 8.1 after the release or will they give it a new name such as Windows 8.1 update 1, Windows 8.11 or even Windows 8.2? While we will have to wait to see how Microsoft plans to market this update, we created the poll below to get your feedback on how the company should brand the update.

Microsoft's BUILD conference takes place in early April which is where the company will announce the update and the features that it will bring to the platform. While that announcement is a little over 4 weeks away, you can check out some of the leaks here, that will give you a good indication on what to expect with the new update.

 

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What should Windows 8.1 update 1 be named?

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Who knows what they will name it. MS naming conventions have always been all over the place. You think they would have worked it out by now. How much direction does this company have if they can't come up with and stick to a product naming convention?

Seriously, I expect they put names in a hat and pull one out. They could end up with 'Windows Monkey'

Some organized confusion required. A+ certification or better to figure out new features. Your OOBE may vary depending on system specs and current configuration.

"Windows 8.1"

They don't change any APIs for WinRT apps and therefore the version should be the same. It is just a feature pack or service pack.

Not that I disagree with your selected choice, but why should the version number of the entire OS be dependent only on WinRT APIs changing? Doesn't the rest matter any more?

The rest matters of course but more important is it to not confuse users.

If the OS is 100% compatible, it should not get a new version number. Windows 8.1 apps don't run on Windows 8.0. A new version made sense here, but with Update 1 they don't change any technical details just the UI for mouse users.

It is what it is: an update not a new version of Windows.

It's not logical to call it 8.2, nor 8.11. It's just not big enough, I miss a 8.1.1 option trough... Anyway, Update 1 is the most consitent naming. Just like Windows Phone, Visual Studio.

To avoid having to waste packaging... 8.1 is fine.... with Spring Update in the OS.

But because of the rapid updates now, you'll notice the official website just calls it "Windows" now and I like that.

Realistically, Windows 8.2... if you want to be unrealistic, Windows 8.1 2014 edition... or if you want to pull an HTC.. the all-new Windows 8.1. If you want to pull an Apple, Windows 8.1s

Windows 8.2, to follow Apple's versioning scheme. It just works. Windows 8 is getting better and better based on the rumors and leaks of upcoming features.

The 8.2 or 8.5 is not good because I think they want to have the same version number for desktop and for phone OS. So I think they doesn't change "version number" to keep the same when windows phone 8.1 comes out.

j2006 said,
Umm... iOS/OSX sales are MUCH lower than Windows... not even close to Windows sales. That'd be dumb lol.

True. Guess I was thinking of tablet sales more so than traditional desktop/laptop. Of course, I was typing it from my Surface 2 so I'm bias!

"What version of Windows do you have?"
Windows 8
Windows 8 Pro
Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 Pro
Windows 8.1 update 1
Windows 8.1 Pro update 1
Windows 8.1 update 1 SP1
Windows 8.1 Pro update 1 SP1

Ideas Man said,
Nice try, but fatally flawed. Why not include Windows 7 in your little list if you're going to do it that way?

Yah, i forgot the x86 and x64 bits versions too

8.11 really doesn't make sense from a typical version scheme. Usually it'd be 8.1.1 or just 8.2. 8.11 would mean we're at 8.10 and went up a number.

I voted for 8.2, in case anyone cares.

None of the above. Call it Windows 8.1 Feature Update or something like that, because it's an update, not revising every binary on the system like 8.1 did to 8.

It should be simple. I like 8.11. 8.1 update 1 smacks too much of Java. But, no matter what they name it, a lot of people will complain about both the name and the changes made to the OS.

who cares?

Do we really need a new name every time they update the system
I realize this update is slightly larger and ads some more functionality but it's all small bits.

You just figure it out when you run Windows update, if you have to download the bits it's the old iso, if you don't you got the new one. You could also look at the version number I guess

This update makes the OS different so 8.2. We all know there won't be 7 more updates until version 9 so we need to make users notice the difference.

All updates "make the OS different" otherwise they wouldn't be updates.

This is an update to an existing OS, not a new OS, so a .1 update is just stupid.

Does it really matter? It'll be delivered by Windows Update or pre-installed on new PCs. Seriously, the only people who care what it's called are the on this site right now. For everyone else it is utterly irrelevant what it's called.

Windows 8.11 keeps the name short and simple, and it is funny. Windows 8.1 Update 1 doesn't sound good, and it is long. Windows 8.2 would be released with Windows 8.1, so it would be mismatched.

Lord Method Man said,
8.1 is a new OS from Windows 8. This isn't, so 8.2 is not an option and shouldn't have even been included in the poll.

Exactly my thoughts. Though as somebody else said above, I'm "struggling to care". Why are people even arguing about this?

domboy said,
Though as somebody else said above, I'm "struggling to care". Why are people even arguing about this?
Same here. What a ridiculous poll. I can see the point for Neowin though - certainly attracted 70-odd comments and 200 votes, didn't it?

lol! Yeah I guess I have mother boards on my mind. buyying & replacing...

thanks for posting your edit so I could laugh at the situation and myself.

come on... Update 8.2, is there really that much change in the OS ?
just call it "Windows 8.1.1"
Don't know why they have to put a whole new copy on MDSN, I have no where to put it, my stuff is jam packed with Dreamspark stuff, no need to include this as well /R
... 8.2... rubbish

"is there really that much change..."

You could say the same w/ the Windows 8.1 upgrade. All they added (in the UI) was a Start button, ability to disable some of the hot-corners, allowed custom backgrounds on the start screen, and allowed the 'All Programs' to be displayed by default on the Start Screen.

There were a lot of good changes under the hood, and I assume that is mostly the case with the next update. The notable changes that can be seen, are the pinning metro apps to the taskbar, and adding the minimize/close bottons on the top of metro apps. I see that this warrants an equal .1 to be 8.2

8.2, definitely.

really does depend on how far they are away from windows 9 or how many major updates they have estimated to be planned for windows 8.

Delmont said,
I like 8.11. Cause to me it's not a huge enough jump to 8.2

If anything it should be 8.1.1. 8.11 is illogical.

ramesees said,
Except in this case 11 > 2 - try explaining that to non-techies
Why? Do non-techies have no idea about decimal points or even things like currency? They don't know that .2 > .11?

I don't like 8.11 either but not due to your reasoning.

mnl1121 said,

If anything it should be 8.1.1. 8.11 is illogical.


Actually, to an amateur user, 8.11 should be more logical than 8.1.1. The former is a decimal number used everywhere, the latter is a version numbering scheme only used in computer science.

Northgrove said,

Actually, to an amateur user, 8.11 should be more logical than 8.1.1. The former is a decimal number used everywhere, the latter is a version numbering scheme only used in computer science.

Good point. I forgot that that numbering scheme is only used in computer science haha.

wolftail said,
Windows 8.11 for Workgroups.

lol, only old people like me can appreciate your comment

Windows 8.11 NT for Work groups

wolftail said,
Windows 8.11 for Workgroups.

Read the title of this article, looked at it just to find this comment. Leaving happy now. Heh.

red hook said,

lol, only old people like me can appreciate your comment

Windows 8.11 NT for Work groups

Thing is, the joke is kinda old as well. ;-)

Windows 8.11 makes no sense (except as a joke from the mid 90s) though Windows 8.1.1 could make sense.

In the end, I don't care what it is named, just that the most stupid parts of it can be disabled, such as a big power button on my Start Screen or that stupid big magnifying glass on the Start Screen.

Your answer is technically correct (the best kind of correct), however I don't think "8.1.1" is a nice name to market, as it's harder to explain to non-techies what the second ".1" means. 8.2 would be easier to market, even if it is less correct.

Majesticmerc said,
Your answer is technically correct (the best kind of correct), however I don't think "8.1.1" is a nice name to market, as it's harder to explain to non-techies what the second ".1" means. 8.2 would be easier to market, even if it is less correct.

The only people who can't understand sequence versioning through numbers and letters should be children who are completely illiterate and somewhere around ages 0-6.

Majesticmerc said,
Your answer is technically correct (the best kind of correct), however I don't think "8.1.1" is a nice name to market, as it's harder to explain to non-techies what the second ".1" means. 8.2 would be easier to market, even if it is less correct.
Harder to explain than 8.1 Update 1?

This allows for several updates to the touch-centric OS. Windows-9 will be for the mouse/keyboard OS (or, at the very least will have two equally competent UIs available).

And what do you do with all the boxes and marketing material Microsoft and all their partners printed just 4 months ago that say Windows 8.1? It's easy to talk about what Microsoft should call the next update here on this forum, but you have to realize changing the name literally has global implications.

ModernMech said,
And what do you do with all the boxes and marketing material Microsoft and all their partners printed just 4 months ago that say Windows 8.1? It's easy to talk about what Microsoft should call the next update here on this forum, but you have to realize changing the name literally has global implications.

true, i voted 8.2 but your point makes sense. It means all new packaging and marketing which is mega money.