Longhorn Gets a Name: Windows Vista

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  1. Eagle Creek

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    Longhorn Gets a Name: Windows Vista

    The folks at Redmond have long pointed to the user interface of the next generation Windows release as one of its major selling points. Now, it appears Microsoft has chosen an official name for Longhorn with just that in mind. Enter: Windows Vista.

    Word of the new name leaked out late Thursday after Microsoft tipped off journalists and enthusiast sites of an impending Longhorn-related announcement due Friday morning. "Windows Vista" was first mentioned at a Microsoft sales conference in Atlanta, according to reports.

    "I can't tell you what we will actually be sharing, but you will learn something new about “Longhorn," a Microsoft spokesperson told BetaNews.

    Microsoft has also registered domains to go along with the newly christened Windows, including windowsvista.com. The domains were registered in late March, indicating the company made the decision even before WinHEC gave developers their first taste of Longhorn in over a year.

    Windows Vista was initially reported by enthusiast site ActiveWin.

    The word 'vista' defined means "pleasing view." According to a source, the name had been first floated about six months ago, although not much more had been said in the following months.

    Sources tell BetaNews Microsoft is also rallying the troops -- MVPs and close partners -- to gear up for the Beta 1 release.

    Longhorn, or Windows Vista, Beta 1 is expected to arrive as soon as next week, with Wednesday being mentioned as a possible date. Beta 2 is expected in early 2006, with the final next generation Windows release expected by the end of next year.

    Betanews.com

    Also spotted on: antispywareoffensief.nl; zdnet.nl; tweakers.net; helpmij.nl and neowin.net
     
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    OK. I'm preparing myself for the many patches of Windows Vista.
     
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    Haha :D
    It seems I'm the only person (+ MS staff) who likes the name :D
     
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    Nah, I like it.....better than Longhorn. Vista sounds like it's computer related.....longhorn sounds like steak.
     
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    Vista ... :blink:
     
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    As many of you probably know that the name "Longhorn" comes from a local bar that many of the MS employees go to after work. Let's hope that they only went for drinks after work and not while they were working on the new OS code. :D

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    Windows 95 > 98 > 2000
    Windows ME > XP > xx

    They killed the consistency...
     
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    Vista means view... what will you get a view of o_O
     
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    "Windows Patchy" should have been a more approperiate name. :)
     
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    They were never consistent. It was more like:

    Windows 95 > 98 > Me | STOP

    Windows NT > 2000 > XP > Vista ... TO CONTINUE

    I see no consistency. In fact their naming systems leave much to be desired. Look at the confusion we get from Outlook / Outlook Express and Explorer / Windows Explorer / Internet Explorer. I guess we ought to feel fortunate that they didn't call Vista "Outlook Comprehensive" or even "Complete Explorer".
     
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    Did anyone notice what v-i-s-t-a could stand for? One interperation could be Volunteers in Service to America....Hmmmmm....call me paranoid but I wonder if that's M$'s way of telling us that because M$ has been working with Homeland Security that Wondows is now backdoored for Homeland Security. Maybe I should change my name to the Conspiracy Theorist. ;) :D
     
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    I'm sure it really stands for Visibly Inferior. Should Try Again.

    The possibilities are endless...

    [Edit] Jesus, I spoke too soon above. I just realised that Vista is a synonym for Outlook. Do the folks at Redmond have NO imagination? They could release a cut-down version of Vista called Outlook Express, which wouldn't be at all confusing, oh no. :rolleyes:
     
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    A better name would have been Windows FX :D
     
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    The best name would have been "Microsoft Itdoesntmatter"....as in, it doesn't matter what they call it, the masses are still going to use it as the punch line and butt of their jokes :rolleyes:
     
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    Beta dates are giving out.
    * Beta 1: 7/27/05
    * Beta 2: 11/16/05
    * RC0: 3/17/06
    * RTM: 6/28/06
     
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    Windows XP was a good name : XP = X Patches.
     
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    Indeed. Where X tends to infinity...
     
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    Would "Windows 2006" be better? That's not a name, that's just a silly number. In fact is Windows XP, Windows 2002.

    What's RTM?
     
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    Such a crap name for what will essentially be XP SP3
     
  22. Eagle Creek

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    Hmm.. Maybe. But I think it's kinda new :).
     
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    Like all hurricanes, once it is given a name, I know there is trouble and destruction ahead. :D

    Heading for higher ground and cover,

    Rich
     
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    I know it as Release Trademark but i could be wrong in this instance. ;)


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    Roger!

    (I was thinking at that)
     
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