The Truth Behind Version Numbers

By Deane Barker on September 30, 2003

What Software Version Numbers Really Mean

“This article provides a guide for interpreting the meaning of the revision codes and what they actually signify.

1.0: Also known as ‘one point uh-oh,’ or ‘barely out of beta.’ We had to release because the lab guys had reached a point of exhaustion and the marketing guys were in a cold sweat of terror. We’re praying that you’ll find it more functional than, say, a computer virus and that its operation has some resemblance to that specified in the marketing copy.”