It's not a new version, it's a service pack

It's not a new version, it's a service pack.

Ten
years ago an alpha release was supposed to only crash occasionally and
a beta had to be very close to feature-complete. To encourage
deployment, the bar for calling something an alpha or a beta was
lowered.

The same is now happening to shipping software: Even though there's
more value in SP2 than the transition from Win95 to Win98 – and there
will certainly be more compatibility issues – this new release is a
labeled a Service Pack.

It seems almost insulting to IT managers to think that a simple name
tweak will have a major impact on deployment, but it's probably true.
The bad news is that people are now becoming hesitant to install service packs. Time for the marketing people to dream up some new terminology. [Live @ Sax.net]

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