Webopedia on Google+Webopedia on TwitterWebopedia on FacebookTech Bytes Blog
Main » TERM » W »

Windows 8 codename

The official codename for the successor to Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system.  While the Windows 8 codename may end up being the actual name chosen for the next generation operating system, Microsoft will more than likely take a different route, as the company considers its "Metro" user interface-based OS more of a revolutionary upgrade over Windows 7 than simply an evolutionary release.  As a result, Microsoft is unlikely to simply give the new operating system an incremental version number.

WEBOPEDIA FACTOID
A codename is generally used to identify a project while it is still in development. Codenames can be anything from a version number to the name of a dinosaur, a place or even a type of cereal or favorite snack food. Usually a codename will change when the developing company releases the commercial product.

The successor to the Windows 7 Server operating system also features the Windows Server 8 codename, which is expected to be officially released as Windows Server 2012.   Final releases of the regular and server operating systems are expected to arrive in late 2012, and preview releases of both OSes are currently available for download from Microsoft.







TECH RESOURCES FROM OUR PARTNERS
DID YOU KNOW?
Who's Moving Ahead in Cloud Computing?

The future remains, well, cloudy. But either way: Amazon, look out. Microsoft is gaining fast. Read More »

Hype Versus Action in the Developer's World

Often times technologies start as hype but with time become adopted. As a developer or technologist, it is worth reading the hype and knowing the... Read More »

Microsoft Hyper-V Network Virtualization Q&A

The top 5 Hyper-V questions with answers provided by Nirmal Sharma, a MCSEx3, MCITP and Microsoft MVP in Directory Services. Read More »

QUICK REFERENCE
How to Create a Desktop Shortcut to a Website

This Webopedia guide will show you how to create a desktop shortcut to a website using Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer (IE). Read More »

Flash Data Storage Vendor Trends

Although it is almost impossible to keep up with the pace of ongoing product releases, here are three recent highlights in the flash data storage... Read More »

15 Important Big Data Facts for IT Professionals

Keeping track of big data trends, research and statistics gives IT professionals  a solid foundation to plan big data projects. Here are 15... Read More »