"The seventh release of Windows"?!?!
Anyone older than 30 who possesses the ability to count on their fingers knows:
1: Windows 1.0 - From the mists of 1985, with a tiled-only windowing interface that didn't catch on
2: Windows 2.0 - Overlapping windows - woohoo!
3: Windows 3.x - New GUI and controls taken from Word; we'll just count all 3.x releases as 4: one release even though they actually included 3.0, 3.1, 3.11 ("Windows for Workgroups", with networking built-in - woohoo!) and Windows 3/386 (protected-mode extensions originally developed at Compaq - woohoo again!)
4: Windows 95 - The one most people know and love
5: Windows 98 - With Internet built-in - woohoo!! And Windows 98SE, arguably the best 16-bit version
6: Windows ME - The most hated version until Vista came along, and the last 16-bit version
Now we move on to the "New Technology" code-base:
7: Windows NT 3.x - Not to confuse anyone with version numbers, but this was the *first* release of the code-base used in all current versions of Windows; 3.1 followed
8: Windows NT 4.0 - IIS and Active Directory available as add-ons; Windows 95 GUI add-on
9: Windows 2000 - Leanest/meanest NT release (i.e. before the bloat set in)
10: Windows XP/2003 - Client and server now separate brands
11: Windows Vista/2008 - (Oops - out of fingers!) According to most opinions (including mine), Vista suxx big-time but 2008 is really quite good, although it uses the same code-base - um, what?!
Which brings us to "Windows 7" which is in fact the 12th major release of Windows, or the 6th release of the NT code-base. Either way it's not the "seventh release of Windows". That was my point, in case anyone is for some reason still reading this.
I need a lie down now.