I know one thing about this, when searching for Information on the web about a specific issue, the first search is the whole real name of the OS (ex: Windows 7). But if you want to find 15 times as much information about the same problem, put common abbreviated terms for the OS in the same search (ex: win7).
Abrev. are endless in tech talk
Any site discussing computers in general the users apply so many abbreviated terms I dont know what they are talking about half the time (I hear a whooshing sound as it goes over my head). Myself I sometimes toss in one non-abbreviated , then continue to abbreviate after it is known. but only for users who might not know.
Anyone who has used those abbreviations endlessly in tech communications who has a big problem with using XP and Win7 abbreviations, has some 'splainin to do :-)
Only the experts in thier fields know the abbreviations used
One time I searched for the layers of abbreviated computer terms, but for medical, and noticed that a large percentage of computer abbreviations are some sort of biological function, disease, or medical operation :-) If they ever collided the 2 PHDs together neither would know what the other was talking about. If they ever perform a XP on my brain , I hope I get a second Wind :-)
It is not faster really
The abbreviations are not analysed against the total word count, we can write 3 pages of junk and abbreviate needlessly just because it is boring to write that so many times, not because it makes anything shorter, or is difficult to type it again. Just like a doctors Prescriptions :-) Could be the most important thing, but who can actually read them?
Branding and Selling
It is a "brand" , when talking on the web a person might say cola, soda, or Coke, Is it the phone company or ATT, do you call it a Klenex because it is faster than facial tissue, or because you do, or do Not want to sell the "brand". In some ways I dont respect the Brand, I would prefer to call it That stupid computer OS most of us are using :-) They dont deserve the advertising :-) If I use the word Orange, nobody expects me to say "Bahia Navel Orange Genetic variation 11847" It is "Just another operating system" which just leaves which one.
Abreviations came in that way, it is the way they go out
DNS, VNC, Defrag , HD , DHCP , SSD , VR , GPU , RAM , USB At some point we dont even think about the original whole word or meaning anymore. Data-In Data-out tech communications has tossed about abbreviations and branding so often it sticks, thats just the way you say it. Does it still qualify as communication? Only if the persons your talking to know what your talking about. The actual definitions for some things are not even in the manuels or the files, or the help or the support anymore. They became givens, even in voice communications we dont say "universal serial bus". Most of the abbreviations are brands or trademarked or patented terms brought to you by our sponcors :-) Lets see how many people can call a SSD "some raided nand memory chips" :-)
I suppose you were looking for an actual opinion? I dont have one, it is just how things have occured. On one side I do not expect anyone to type out Windows 7 on any computer related forum. On the other side it makes searching for win7 specific things much harder.
Hey We got Tags :-)
Window ?(XP|7|Vista)would probably make good poor post indicators… We even have 14 questions containing Microsoft XP, 5 questions containing Microsoft Vista, 2 questions containing Microsoft 7