Windows 8 merely a codename, but no hints on the name

It seems that Microsoft still hasn't fully decided to just "go with something" with their Windows client naming convention, after speculation was all but confirmed earlier this year when Microsoft Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky noted that Windows 8 was nothing but a codename.

Over the years we've seen version numbers, year dates and grand names like Millennium, XP (short for experience) and Vista used to promote the Windows client, before settling on Windows 7 the last time around. It is however a safe bet that the Server version of Windows 8 will simply be called Windows Server 2012, as that naming convention has been in place since Windows Server 2003 (before that it was Windows 2000 Server).

Not so for the client, however.

As Mary Jo Foley points out over at ZDNet; "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. And her ZDNet colleague Ed Bott added, Microsoft didn’t use this convention when referring to Windows 7. Aha! The codename-plot theory thickens…."

Microsoft has made it clear that this next version of Windows will be as groundbreaking as Windows 95 was back in the day, with a tag line on the official BUILD website of  “In 1995, Windows changed the PC. BUILD will show you that Windows 8 changes everything”, you know they have something big up their sleeve.

So what name would you give an OS that will supposedly change everything?

Thanks to FMH who posted this tip in the forums, where members are already speculating on the new name.

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They need to leave it at "Windows 8". People don't need more weird names to confuse them about what is the latest version... like what they did in the past with all the weird naming.

jd100 said,
They need to leave it at "Windows 8". People don't need more weird names to confuse them about what is the latest version... like what they did in the past with all the weird naming.

that's fine until 2099

I was saying to one of my friends they should play the number 8 with the infinity symbol and call it windows infinity. Cool to see such an obvious thing has been thought of. Either they call it Windows 8 or give it a super simple catchy name. NOT Windows Integrated Live Cloud 2012 Professional Edition.

How about sticking with a scheme and just call it "Windows 8"?

We've had a constantly changing naming scheme for a while now, with the 9x series being the last consistent bunch. Since then...

Windows 98
Windows Me
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7

Enough confusion?

lunarworks said,
How about sticking with a scheme and just call it "Windows 8"? ...

Were I a MS product manager (and, thank God, I'm not), I might be worried that "7" to "8" might not represent a huge jump for consumers to justify an upgrade.

I think it should be called Windows 8 - Its a clean, strong name and puts it a full version ahead of Windows 7. Give Windows a name like Vista and it feels like a gimmick, give it a date and the year after it feels outdated. I love what they are doing with Explorer and the UI in Windows 8 and I hope it keeps the name.

Windows 8 is in my opinion the best but I don't mind Windows Energy/Vitality for some reason. Wouldn't mind Windows Metro either.

I think they'll end up calling it Windows 8 anyway. They have to be tentative at this stage in case they change their minds.

There's not much in a name but I would definitely love if it was named something more flashy and exciting instead of the misnomer of a name that is Windows 7.

Windows Thunder,
Windows Night
Windows Haptic
Windows Microwave
Windows idiots who call it fail or bad
Windows Cold
Windows 666
Windows Windows
Windows Tyr

EmilyTheStrange said,
Windows Thunder,
Windows Night
Windows Haptic
Windows Microwave
Windows idiots who call it fail or bad
Windows Cold
Windows 666
Windows Windows
Windows Tyr

Storm Windows
...and for the low end version of it...
Shutters

What is wrong with "Windows 8" followed by some kind of suffix, i.e. Tablet home, Tablet Pro. PC users will just have to wait for "Windows 9."

I have not seen or read anything about how Windows 8 is going to be oriented to mouse/keyboard users. I can just see someone trying to create a Word document or entering data into an Excel spreadsheet using their index or middle finger on a touchscreen. If the new OS will have new features for mouse/keyboard users, Microsoft is keeping it a big secret. Why?

Windows 8, Windows Modern 8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Server 8.

It's that easy And it is funny how bloggers are reading too much in little things like quotation marks. Still they argue with a tag line that has no quotation marks around Windows 8. It will "change everything" which means not only PCs but tablets and phones too.

Actually, it might be Windows Server 2013 since Server 2008 came out a year after Vista & Windows 8 comes out in 2012. In fact, it could be Windows Server 2014, since Windows Server 2003 came out 2 years after XP. Who knows? Also, that hasn't always been the naming convention; Windows Server 2008 R2 wasn't named Windows Server 2009... (Not to be rude.)

MASTER260 said,
Actually, it might be Windows Server 2013 since Server 2008 came out a year after Vista & Windows 8 comes out in 2012. In fact, it could be Windows Server 2014, since Windows Server 2003 came out 2 years after XP. Who knows? Also, that hasn't always been the naming convention; Windows Server 2008 R2 wasn't named Windows Server 2009... (Not to be rude.)

There won't be a Windows Server 2013 just like there won't be an Office 2013, for the same reason that Office 13 doesn't exist.

Simon- said,
Windows 7 R2?
Windows Cloud?
Windows Everywhere?
Drop the WINDOWS name completely?

Hmmm... just "8". It has a ring to it.

_DP said,
Maybe they'll ditch "Windows" all together.

Considering this....


Tiles 1.0

They aren't going to drop the name Windows, ever. If they did they certainly wouldn't name it after something people find on their bathroom walls. It wouldn't make sense anyway, Windows 8 still uses windows, even if they are trying to shoehorn a stupid touch phone interface on it.

_DP said,
Maybe they'll ditch "Windows" all together.

Considering this....


Tiles 1.0


More like "Tiles 2.0" as Windows 1 only had tiles…

They should stick with the "Windows 8" name, that way they can re-brand their Windows Phone 7 to Windows Phone 8 in an upcoming update (just like they say Mango is kinda like 7.5). Since Microsoft is now going all out and are integrating their services and products this naming convention really does make sense. I imagine people already thinking about the next-xbox name with an 8 somewhere, maybe Xbox ∞? Sounds better than Windows ∞ to be honest, since we then would have Xbox, Xbox 360 (a circle) and Xbox ∞ (a circle is infinite or if you look at the ∞ symbol, two circles, so Xbox 360 2)

Coolicer said,
They should stick with the "Windows 8" name, that way they can re-brand their Windows Phone 7 to Windows Phone 8 in an upcoming update (just like they say Mango is kinda like 7.5). Since Microsoft is now going all out and are integrating their services and products this naming convention really does make sense. I imagine people already thinking about the next-xbox name with an 8 somewhere, maybe Xbox ∞? Sounds better than Windows ∞ to be honest, since we then would have Xbox, Xbox 360 (a circle) and Xbox ∞ (a circle is infinite or if you look at the ∞ symbol, two circles, so Xbox 360 2)

What about "Windows Desktop?"

You'd have Windows Phone 8 (in the future) to go alongside Windows Desktop 8. I'm not really a fan of this, to be honest, but I think it's an interesting idea. But then again, Win8 is supposed to "unify" the phone, tablet and PC, right?

"Microsoft has made it clear that this next version of Windows will be as groundbreaking as Windows 95 was back in the day"

Didn't they say the same thing about Vista and 7? Actually isn't that what they always say during the build-up to a new Windows release?

Ricky65 said,
"Microsoft has made it clear that this next version of Windows will be as groundbreaking as Windows 95 was back in the day"

Didn't they say the same thing about Vista and 7? Actually isn't that what they always say during the build-up to a new Windows release?

They might have said that about Windows XP and Vista, but not so much about Windows 7. 7 was good, but they didn't want to burn themselves in the foot like they did with Vista.

Ricky65 said,
"Microsoft has made it clear that this next version of Windows will be as groundbreaking as Windows 95 was back in the day"

Didn't they say the same thing about Vista and 7? Actually isn't that what they always say during the build-up to a new Windows release?

Very true. Most companies are guilty of this sadly, so it does make it very hard to determine sometimes whether a new product is really as groundbreaking as they hype it up to be, until you can actually get your hands on it!

bugsbungee said,
Forget about fancy names, geeks don't care and your average joe gets confused when it's not a sequential number or a year...

I disagree with the second part. Apple refers to their OSes as cats, and they sell just fine. Sure, they carry a sequential .x as well, but Apple mostly refers to them by the cat.

That said, it needs to be Windows 8.

episode said,

I disagree with the second part. Apple refers to their OSes as cats, and they sell just fine. Sure, they carry a sequential .x as well, but Apple mostly refers to them by the cat.

That said, it needs to be Windows 8.

Yes but with Windows names there is no pattern they always followed.

episode said,

I disagree with the second part. Apple refers to their OSes as cats, and they sell just fine. Sure, they carry a sequential .x as well, but Apple mostly refers to them by the cat.

That said, it needs to be Windows 8.

I'm not saying its more difficult to sell, I'm just saying its more difficult to know which is the newest without looking at actual version numbers - same thing applies to OSX.

Neobond said,

Copy/Paste: ∞
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How do I stop it NOW?

If they were to drop "Windows" from the name, calling in "Microsoft Cirrus" sound good. But it will not happen, Microsoft put a lot into the Windows brand with its Live services and phones.

Shaun said,
We know its just a codename, They say it in all of the preview video's they've been doing
Yes we do. But W7 was also a codename and then the final name too. And with W8 it was strongly expected to be so. And also because Ballmer way back in October of 2010 called it W8 on record ("riskiest bet?...'').

Shaun said,
We know its just a codename, They say it in all of the preview video's they've been doing

Could be like Windows 7 which was both the codename and the retail name.

Neobond said,
Yeah, but what would you call it?

Windows SL8 (either Silverlight or Slate), Windows Touch 8 (akin to Windows Phone 7), Windows X8, Windows VIBR8, Windows Zoo, Windows Best.Ever, Windows Energy, Windows POWER8, Windows 2012, Windows 12, Windows Defenestrate.