I guess it is on time, that Microsoft is going to sync the kernel version to the marketing version/name of the Windows.
But as an old user of Windows, I am going to miss saying Windows NT 6.3 (aka Windows 8.1), and confuse people. It has been a nice icebreaker several times!
As I have never bothered with the marketed name of Windows, I used to call Windows 2000 for Windows NT 5 and Windows XP for NT 5.1 and so on. If you have bothered to look at the kernel version of Windows, you might have noticed that the each version of Windows (not based on DOS i.e. 1 to 3.11, 95 and 98) are assigned a NT version (see the list below).
On other hand, Windows 10 is going to be the 10th major release of NT:
- Windows NT 3.51 (NT 3.51)
- Windows NT 4 (NT 4.0)
- Windows 2000 (NT 5.0)
- Windows XP/2002 (NT 5.1)
- Windows 2003 (NT 5.2)
- Windows Vista (NT 6.0)
- Windows 7 (NT 6.1)
- Windows 8 (NT 6.2)
- Windows 8.1 (NT 6.3)
- Windows 10 (NT 10)
I was bopping to call the new Windows for NT 7. But you don't get everything in life, and there is a logic to it after all!..