Marketing Team: Just skip a version number. No one will notice. - WOM Technology Management Group

Jan 03, 2022 by Derreck Ogden

Marketing Team: Just skip a version number. No one will notice.

Uhhhh, Tom, what happened to Tom 2.0?

Software companies like Microsoft have been known to “fudge” with version numbers for marketing purposes or other reasons. For example, almost no one ever uses version nine for anything due to marketing data leading the corporations and developers away from its use. Windows XP was known internally as versions 5.1 and 5.2, Vista was 6.0.

Can you guess what version number Windows 7 is?

It was version 6.1 because Windows 7 was really just a fixed version of Windows Vista. The Windows 7 label was placed on the newly fixed operating system to ditch the bad juju from the Windows Vista disaster.

When deciding to upgrade or update to a new version of an operating system or even an application such as QuickBooks or Adobe, it’s important to understand at least a little bit about what the version or update changes are and what the effect will be on your data, system requirements and changes in the GUI (graphical user interface).

Be sure someone responsible for the upgrading/updating process has a thorough understanding of what to expect before, during and after the process is executed. Often a seemingly simple procedure ends up with big complications and downtime. Even more often, the process has no positive effect on the business implementing it because it involved features they weren’t utilizing or other reasons.

Having an expert resource who understands the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” concept eliminates a lot of complications.

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