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Submission + - What is the real version number of Windows 8? (ocmodshop.com)

antdude writes: "This seven/7 pages OCModShop article look into the past and the current Windows versions — "Today Microsoft launched its latest version of its iconic Operating System (OS): Windows 8. There have been many version of Windows over the years, and one can't help but wonder what justifies this version number. Microsoft and other technology companies have over-written and re-named their product history before, so we take a good hard look at all the previous operating systems to see if the numbers add up.

Microsoft Windows started as version 1.0 as an add-on to its disk operating system (DOS). The product was a simple graphical user interface (GUI) program that was little more than a visual file manager. Windows 2.0 was released to take advantage of the features offered by Intel’s 286 processor. Windows 3 is the version that really started Microsoft on its current path of success.

All of these versions numbers are very logical and can be easily counted. Where things start to get a little ambiguous is when Windows NT is thrown into the mix..."

Seen on Blue's News."

Submission + - The Making Of: Syndicate -- A Retrospective (edge-online.com) 1

Ant writes: "This three pages Edge Online article talks about the retrospective/making of one of the classic Bullfrog games, Syndicate:

"... It's over ten years since he led the Syndicate project; more than a decade since Bullfrog's dystopian opus beguiled gamers and critics with its combination of progressive, squad-based shoot 'em up, strategic planning and – for the time – refreshingly freeform environs...

The most adroit explanation of Bullfrog’s success in the early '90s is that its staff genuinely enjoyed themselves, making games that, first and foremost, they wanted to play..."

Seen on Blue's News."

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