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Why Windows 8?

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by , 08-31-2010 at 11:45 PM (1257 Views)

Windows 8′s name was chosen because it will be the 8th version of Windows. Double-checking this isn’t as easy as you may think and trips up many people. Here are the Windows versions that preceded Windows 8:

1, Windows 1.0
2, Windows 2.0
3, Windows 3.0
4, Windows 95 (Windows 4.0)
5, Windows 2000 (Windows 5.0)
6, Windows Vista (Windows 6.0)
7, Windows 7 – Launching October 22nd 2009
Windows 8!
Now, some of you who are paying attention will notice that Windows NT, Windows 98, Windows 98 SE and Windows Millennium. This is because:

Windows NT was actually treated asw Windows 3.1
Windows 98, 98SE and Windows Millennium shipped as 4.0.1998, 4.10.2222, and 4.90.3000

Now, to make matters even more confusing Microsoft have versioned Windows 7 as Windows 6.1. However, they are still treating it as ‘Windows 7′ because of the significance of the release.

There you go – hope that makes sense now!

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