Windows 7 has been the codename for the next release of Windows for some time now and today the Windows team have been pleased to announce the official name for the next version will be… Windows 7. The guys over at Windows Vista Blog state;

“The decision to use the name Windows 7 is about simplicity. Over the years, we have taken different approaches to naming Windows.  We've used version numbers like Windows 3.11, or dates like Windows 98, or "aspirational" monikers like Windows XP or Windows Vista.  And since we do not ship new versions of Windows every year, using a date did not make sense.  Likewise, coming up with an all-new "aspirational" name does not do justice to what we are trying to achieve, which is to stay firmly rooted in our aspirations for Windows Vista, while evolving and refining the substantial investments in platform technology in Windows Vista into the next generation of Windows.

Simply put, this is the seventh release of Windows, so therefore "Windows 7" just makes sense.”

As Louis Walsh says, I like it. It is simple, to the point, we don’t have to keep thinking of elaborate names and after months of calling it Windows 7 I won’t have to remember calling it anything different. It took me a while to get used to Vista from Longhorn client. And though I’m sure this will attract the usual tirade of disgruntled anti Windows pundits, on the whole early feedback has been very positive and welcomed. Oh well, here’s to Windows 7!