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Longhorn's Offical Name is Windows Vista

Zonk posted about 9 years ago | from the you-have-chosen-wisely dept.

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UnkleAsdf writes "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. Microsoft is expected to make an official announcement early Friday morning." From the article: "Microsoft has also registered domains to go along with the newly christened Windows, including 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."

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Name confusion? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13133928)

Asta lavista, Alta Vista. You have fewer lawyers.

New Name for Windows Explorer (5, Funny)

dsginter (104154) | about 9 years ago | (#13134049)

Vista Cruiser [] !

Re:Name confusion? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13134056)

>Asta lavista, Alta Vista. You have fewer lawyers.

Since when does the Terminator care about lawyers? They are only good for target practice!

Hasta La Vista, Baby! %202.jpg []

HAH! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13133929)

First Post!

First Post? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13133932)


Name I would like to see for next Microsoft OS (0, Troll)

sglider (648795) | about 9 years ago | (#13133933)

"Windows Break"

If this OS is a vista... (5, Funny)

m93 (684512) | about 9 years ago | (#13133934)

then the view thus far is crappy.

one question (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13133935)

Does it run linux?

Re:one question (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | about 9 years ago | (#13133971)

Only if you add Virtual PC.

Re:one question (2, Informative)

nxtw (866177) | about 9 years ago | (#13134069)

Of course it does/will [] .

Running out of ti.. names. (2, Funny)

shadowcode (852856) | about 9 years ago | (#13133940)

Windows Vista, that doesn't sound quite right. I think they're running out of names.

Re:Running out of ti.. names. (3, Funny)

Alex P Keaton in da (882660) | about 9 years ago | (#13134029)

I think it is appropriate-
On family trips my dad's joke was to point out any nice looking scenery and say "what a nice vista."
One time, while traveling to MA from Ohio, he pulled into a rest stop that said "scenic vista." He had a low speed accident, or crash in that rest stop, and now I associate the word vista with crash.
Wasn't one of the ugliest cars in history named the Vista? The Colt Vista, imported for Dodge? /vehicle_nmb/100009877/type/used []

Re:Running out of ti.. names. (4, Funny)

bjomo (832719) | about 9 years ago | (#13134046)

Yeah, they already used up the good ones like Windows XP, Windows 2000, and the most fabulous of all Windows 3.1. What dolt modded the parent insightful?

Chicken (5, Funny)

Letaals (752363) | about 9 years ago | (#13133943)

Windows Vista in latvian would be Windows Chicken, now that is very lucky for us latvians.. "I hate chicken!"

Re:Chicken (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13133982)

Ja tas tiesham ir labs vards!

Re:Chicken (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13134040)

Vista is Portuguese for "Sight"

Re:Chicken (1)

mancontr (775899) | about 9 years ago | (#13134091)

Also in Spanish

Re:Chicken (5, Funny)

haeger (85819) | about 9 years ago | (#13134105)

Honda did something similar in Europe. They were going to name a car Honda Fitta [] which would be unfortunate since "Fitta" means "Cunt" in swedish.

They managed to get a slogan too. "Small on the outside but large once you get in".
Needless to say the Honda manager in Sweden wasn't very amused when the papers called him and asked about this.

Oh, they rebranded it. Now it's called Honda Jazz.


Version? (2, Interesting)

ogre57 (632144) | about 9 years ago | (#13133945)

Okay, fine, so they picked marketing name. Now what version is it really? Eg W2K was 5.0 and XP was 5.1. So is this 5.2, or 6.0, or what?

Re:Version? (5, Informative)

logik3x (872368) | about 9 years ago | (#13133961)

5.2 = windows server 2003 Windows Vista will be 6.0

Re:Version? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13134076)

And the next version will be 6.6.6

Re:Version? (1)

3waygeek (58990) | about 9 years ago | (#13133990)

I haven't looked at the Longhorn/Vista beta yet, but my guess is 6.0, since Windows 2003 Server is 5.2 [] .

Re:Version? (2, Insightful)

joel8x (324102) | about 9 years ago | (#13134120)

I dunno, it seems that they are still going to be running an NTFS based OS, making it more like a patched-up XP instead of a completely new OS (kind of like the upgrade from Windows 95 to 98 are loosely comparable in differences in the upgrade from 2000 to XP). This leads me to believe that instead of being a completely new OS we are going to see a useless ME-style upgrade to tide us over before they finish a WinFS system. So with that mentality I would think they would label it as version 5.3.

I know the right name: (3, Interesting)

MtViewGuy (197597) | about 9 years ago | (#13134134)

Windows 64.

After all, this new version of Windows is likely going to be designed mostly to support the x86-64 CPU instruction set that AMD pioneered and Intel has begun to use, so this sets a break with the 32-bit past of previous Windows versions.

According to (5, Funny)

jpiggot (800494) | about 9 years ago | (#13133948)

Vista is -- "A distant view or prospect"

Which only makes sense, because I'm sure it'll be thinky long time.

One of? (5, Funny)

PeteDotNu (689884) | about 9 years ago | (#13133950)

"The folks at Redmond have long pointed to the user interface of the next generation Windows release as one of its major selling points."

There seem to be a few surplus characters in that sentence. The words "one of" and that final "s" seem to have been typed by accident.

Re:One of? (1, Insightful)

Shaper_pmp (825142) | about 9 years ago | (#13134031)

Yeah. Why not just call it Windows Eyecandy and have done with it?

Re:One of? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13134080)

"Windows Eyecandy and DRM", more like - that appears to be the only thing it offers over XP.

Why not just issue a theme? (5, Funny)

soops1966 (834209) | about 9 years ago | (#13133953)

Instead of all this R&D why don't they release a bew theme for XP. Save a lot of messing around.

Could have new widgets that ate memory, CPU, disk space and to phone home.

Cheaper and faster than how they're doing it now.

Re:Why not just issue a theme? (2, Interesting)

Spellbinder (615834) | about 9 years ago | (#13134001)

but they would earn less money

Re:Why not just issue a theme? (1)

MSFanBoi (695480) | about 9 years ago | (#13134064)

Yeah gee, its not like XP is a server OS. It's not like Vista has a bunch of new features added to it well above and beyond the differences that separated Windows NT from Windows Server 2003...

REDUNDANT! (?) (-1, Redundant)

ceeam (39911) | about 9 years ago | (#13133954)

Hasta la vista, Bill!

(Mental image of Steve Jobs pulling up a shotgun).

Mental imagery (2, Funny)

quokkapox (847798) | about 9 years ago | (#13133957)

The word "vista", for me, brings to mind the idea of something hazy, and far, far away in the distance.


Re:Mental imagery (0, Redundant)

br0ck (237309) | about 9 years ago | (#13134043)

This [] is what it brings to mind for me.

Another Dissapointment (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13133959)

Despite all the disspointing announcements lately about features being dropped from Longhorn, at least it still had a cool name. Now that's gone too.

Vista? (1)

Rez-9 (883351) | about 9 years ago | (#13133967)

I don't like that name. I think Longhorn is far better.

How abbreviation of Windows Vista will look like?


Re:Vista? (3, Funny)

mhifoe (681645) | about 9 years ago | (#13134038)

How about WinVi?

Then the next version can be WinEmacs.

Re:Vista? (1)

GuyWithLag (621929) | about 9 years ago | (#13134135)

No need, Emacs is aready a operating system.

Further, many would argue that it's a better one...

Re:Vista? (1)

RetroRichie (259581) | about 9 years ago | (#13134081)

All I know is that VW is taken.

For now.

Obviously.. (5, Funny)

joshsnow (551754) | about 9 years ago | (#13133968)

..they dared not name it after a year. That would have been like 3drealms naming Duke Nukem 1998 instead of Duke Nukem forever.

Re:Obviously.. (1)

ducttapekz (879839) | about 9 years ago | (#13134047)

If they named it after a year they would have to stick to a release date.

Re:Obviously.. (1)

justforaday (560408) | about 9 years ago | (#13134116)


Re:Obviously.. (1)

kosmosik (654958) | about 9 years ago | (#13134115)

I recall some interviews with BG -- or was it SB? -- they stated something that LH is technology for next ten years so it would not be marketing-wise to call product with year. Because it will appear like "Bagnzooloo Linux 2009" is better (cause newer) than "Windows 2007". :)

Registration (5, Insightful)

leonmergen (807379) | about 9 years ago | (#13133972)

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.

And why is that, exactly? Couldn't it be that they made up many names, selected, say, 10, and registered the domain names to prevent leaking of the name and it being registered by someone else ?

Sounds like a very small price for such a big risk, so I don't see any reason why registration in March should indicate that they actually decided to go with that name at that date...

Windows Vista...? (1)

Zediker (885207) | about 9 years ago | (#13133974)

Windows Vista... how about Windows NRT (not really there) since they practically cut everything that could have been good about it..

Define: Vista (5, Funny)

hcob$ (766699) | about 9 years ago | (#13133977)

The view you see outside your office window while your computer switches from Blue Screen of Death to Red Screen of Death, reboots, crashes, pours water on itself, ignites and then explodes.

Oh, and then customer service asks if you have plugged in your computer.

Arnold.. (4, Funny)

curtisk (191737) | about 9 years ago | (#13133978)

..can make some good scratch since it appears his political career seems to have limited duration.

{Commercial starts}IT group all a scramble, looks like a technical World War 3, motorcycle boots stomp into the frame, pan up to Arnie's mug...." Windows Vista, Baby!" holding CD at arms length. Looks of salvation on the faces of IT techs.

LOL what am I saying?

Yuck Yuck (4, Funny)

soma_0806 (893202) | about 9 years ago | (#13133981)

With a name like Longhorn, they were kind of asking to be re-"branded"

Vista? (1)

iamjoltman (883526) | about 9 years ago | (#13133984)

Pardon my ignorance, but could someone tell me what Vista means and how Microsoft relates it to their new OS? NT was New Technology I believe, and that was fitting (well, when it was released anyway) and XP stood for experience (yea, it's some experience alright...) so what's the correlation this time?

xp = experimental! (1)

strongmace (890237) | about 9 years ago | (#13134027)

You mean XP = experimental :D

That is how you explain all the damn blue screens!

Re:xp = experimental! (1)

Vo0k (760020) | about 9 years ago | (#13134132)

No, silly! It's not an acronym! It's a smiley!

And as for Vista - View. But don't touch. Looks cute, but onMouseMove(system.crash());

Re:Vista? (1)

rooijan (746599) | about 9 years ago | (#13134062)

Vista means "view" in English - such as "The vista from the top of the hill was breath-taking".

How MS plan to relate it to the OS, I have no idea...

NT = Neanderthan technology (1)

mindwar (708277) | about 9 years ago | (#13134096)

NT = Neanderthan technology :D

Definition (1)

erykjj (213892) | about 9 years ago | (#13133988)

According to the article, 'The word 'vista' defined means "pleasing view."'. That is not correct. Vista simply means "view" or "sight" and could apply to good or bad, pleasing or displeasing. It remains to be seen which it turns out to be...

Apple's new marketing strategy. (3, Funny)

pharwell (854602) | about 9 years ago | (#13133989)

This will be great for Apple's marketing division. In the new "switch" commercials, they could get Schwartzeneggar to say "Hasta la Vista, Windows!"

astalavista (5, Funny)

Inigo Soto (776501) | about 9 years ago | (#13133991)

Will this be their *cough* registration site?

And ReactOS new name... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13133993)

Windows Blister - an open sores tradgedy

"Windows Retinitis Pigmentosa" is a much better name for MS next OS.

Sucks to be this company... (4, Insightful)

logik3x (872368) | about 9 years ago | (#13133994) []

Re:Sucks to be this company... (3, Funny)

inkdesign (7389) | about 9 years ago | (#13134060)

or these guys [] ...

They are lucky (5, Funny)

MarkByers (770551) | about 9 years ago | (#13134093)

Oh I think they will make a deal with Microsoft. If they agree to change their name, they'll probably even get a free X-Box, and maybe a couple of games.

Vista!! Could Visa Sue Microsoft?? (1)

veezhun (885225) | about 9 years ago | (#13133997)

Just a thought.. vista is close to visa... couldnt visa sue MS for a name so close to its own..

Whew! (5, Funny)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | about 9 years ago | (#13133999)

I was worried they were going to pull one-upsmanship on Apple and name it Windows "Liger" [] , (which is bred for its skills in magic).

Hasta la vista, baby! (0, Redundant)

ewg (158266) | about 9 years ago | (#13134000)

Hasta la vista, baby!

taste of Longhorn? (1)

Gothmolly (148874) | about 9 years ago | (#13134002)

... WinHEC gave developers their first taste of Longhorn in over a year.

The rest of us have been getting a 'taste' of Microsofts 'Longhorn' for years now.... crappy sw, high prices, poor security, forced upgrades, etc.

It's funny, laugh. I haven't had my coffee yet today.

Vista... Sounds like a small Chevy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13134003)

Didn't it come after the Vega, or am I thinking of a Ford...?

Del Boca Vista... (0, Offtopic)

xquark (649804) | about 9 years ago | (#13134004)

Are you telling me there's not one condo available in all of Del Boca Vista?

_________________________________________ _________
Be one who knows what they don't know,
Instead of being one who knows not what they don't know,
Thinking they know everything about all things. []

Descriptive name (1)

SpaceLifeForm (228190) | about 9 years ago | (#13134007)

Top two google links []

The view will be great from a spyware standpoint.

'Volunteers in Service to America' - As you volunteer away your freedom.

No, WindowsVista.US (1)

lseltzer (311306) | about 9 years ago | (#13134008)

Actually, Microsoft has registered, not The registrant is:
Domain Registrar
62 Rcom Drive
Yarmouth, NS B5A 4B1

Naming schema (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13134011)

It seems odd that Microsoft are sticking to their decision to abandon year references in their product names (well, excluding the miserable sales-pitch that was Windows 2003). I think they'll lose upgrades over this--not everyone knows that Windows Vista is better than XP (Vista implies a hands-off approach, XP implies that you're part of an experience), but everyone knows that Windows 98 is better than 95, simply because of mandatory obsolescence enforced by the naming scheme.

This is the mexican name. What is the gringo name? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13134018)

Windows Vista?

OK, but what will they call it in the gringo market?

muchachos gracias

Re:This is the mexican name. What is the gringo na (2, Funny)

leftistcoast (892576) | about 9 years ago | (#13134052)

Probably 'Nova'.

in a rought translation.. (1)

protomala (551662) | about 9 years ago | (#13134023)

In portuguese vista means view, so we have "vista da janela" or "windows view". Funny indeed.

Re:in a rought translation.. (1)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | about 9 years ago | (#13134100)

In portuguese vista means view, so we have "vista da janela" or "windows view". Funny indeed.

Maybe in Portugal they'll call it "View da Janela" to make it sound exotic :-)

Re:in a rought translation.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13134114)

In English vista means view.... wait a minute, does that mean I know Portuguese? Wow! I'll say something in Portuguese. Hello Portugal!

Research! (1)

Libor Vanek (248963) | about 9 years ago | (#13134024)

So that's what Microsoft did with the 5.8 B$ research budget - looking for new Windows release name :-)

That's great... (0, Offtopic) (265745) | about 9 years ago | (#13134025)

I hate jews.

Vista Windows (1)

slasho81 (455509) | about 9 years ago | (#13134030)

Vista Windows. [] Who will win in court?

trademark rules (1)

tinkerton (199273) | about 9 years ago | (#13134084)

That's a different sector, and I think that means it's ok to use the same name there.

But there are a lot of software packages called 'Vista' out there. I wonder how trademark registration resolves all that.
None of the packages are an OS?

Re:Vista Windows (1)

imsoclever (901691) | about 9 years ago | (#13134104)

My bets are on Mike Rowe.

Windows VISTA (1)

colonslashslash (762464) | about 9 years ago | (#13134032)

Windows Vehemently Insufficent System To Administrate?

Yeah I know, clutching at straws. Was worth a shot though. ;-)

Other Rejected Names (5, Funny)

WombatControl (74685) | about 9 years ago | (#13134033)

After dumpster diving outside Redmond, I managed to come up with this list of alternate names compiled by Microsoft's marketing team:

  • New Windows
  • Windows Edsel
  • Windows Nova (with an extra push for sales in Latin America)
  • Microsoft Bob 2.0
  • Windows: Ishtar Edition
  • Windows: Enterprise
  • Windowfalls (To be paired with a quirky yet brilliant drama/comedy on the Fox network)
  • Windows Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Windows XP 2: Electric Bugaloo

For the launch of Windows 95, Microsoft used The Rolling Stones, for Windows XP it was Jay Leno. For the launch of Windows Vista, Microsoft will use a celebrity guest that represents the future of the product: Microsoft is considering David Caruso, Shelley Long, John Travolta, or Kevin Costner...

How is this news for Nerds!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13134039)

As we all know winderz is for lamers, so please leave us alone with that crap.

Wasn't there a landscape renderer with that name? (1)

CdXiminez (807199) | about 9 years ago | (#13134042)

Will the beautiful landscape renderer Vista Pro [] be sued to change their name?
They were first, but are not big...

Windows what, Whistler? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13134044)

Wow, they finally completed the 95 project. Congrats, Redmondites.

one of the things they're waiting for... (3, Interesting)

dAzED1 (33635) | about 9 years ago | (#13134050)

one of the things they're waiting a platform. AMD is solid and at 64 bit, but Intel is MS's ol' buddy. Longhorn was already supposed to be out by now, but...Intel doesn't have a good enough 64bit platform to offer it. That's the wait.

RE: Thanks for the update... (1)

Sabathius (566108) | about 9 years ago | (#13134053)

Now I know the boxes to avoid when I see them on the shelf.

Better Ring (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13134054)

I suppose "Windows Vista" has a better ring to it than "Windows POS"

What about WebCT VIsta? (1)

interrupt75 (230702) | about 9 years ago | (#13134058)

WebCT has a widely used CMS for on-line courses named Vista ista []
which has been out for at least a few years. WebCT is used heavily in Higher Education for on-line course delivery.

what about passport? (1)

justforaday (560408) | about 9 years ago | (#13134059)

I heard that they're also planning on relaunching their Passport service as Windows Visa.

Microsoft's future-proof weapon... (1)

AnonymousDot (517935) | about 9 years ago | (#13134082)

... against the self-aware, hyper intelligent Skynet:

Asta la Vista baby!

And it crashed.

Why bother ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13134085)

Why is Microsoft wasting time and money chosing such a crappy name while Windows 2006 (or Windows NT 6.0) should fit great and would't cause any trademark issue ?

As long as it it marketted as "Windows", I'm not sure it will make such a big difference in terms of sells.

Where's the real news? (5, Interesting)

Aminion (896851) | about 9 years ago | (#13134092)

So the future Windows will be called Vista. But where is the news that really matters?

I want to know what happened to WinFS, Avalon, Indigo and all the other revolutionary tech that Long... Vista supposedly would offer. How much has been cut and how much does Vista really differ from XP? How much will Vista cost?

Somehow, Vista doesn't seem to be, as Bill Gates once said, the the most important release since Windows 95. Let's hope Vista is more than a new color scheme and fancy GUI components.

Offical? (1)

rooijan (746599) | about 9 years ago | (#13134098)

All these posts, and no-one has said anything about the word "Offical" yet?

OK, I'll take a stab then:

- I think the "ic" was put in by accident.


- from Bill Gates' point of view, there can be only one "I" in the OS world.

That's the best I've got I'm afraid - my caffeine levels are definitely too low...

Vista???? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13134102)

It sounds like a cheap resort hotel. I guess Longhorn is targetting the home user; it's hardly a corporate friendly name.

"Welcome to Windows Vista. Here are your complementary towels and fly swatter. You're in room 205. It has a nice balcony view of the interstate. Checkout's at 5am. Enjoy your stay."

codename (2, Interesting)

nedder (690308) | about 9 years ago | (#13134106)

codename - MPAA's Bitch

Am I the only one having trouble with this name? (1)

ClaraBow (212734) | about 9 years ago | (#13134109)

It just sounds clunky and trite to me. How many times has the word vista been used in marketing already? I think even xp2 would have been a better name. Oh well, maybe with enough exposure and marketing, Vista will start sounding better to me:)

Already (1)

iamdrscience (541136) | about 9 years ago | (#13134123)

Nuts. Somebody has already registered Registered three days ago, even!

End of the world?? (0, Redundant)

spaztech (899194) | about 9 years ago | (#13134124)

In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, Vista is a part of the atmosphere that surrounds the world of Arda before the cataclysm at the end of the Second Age.
See this wiki: []

No numbers this time? (5, Funny)

Dachannien (617929) | about 9 years ago | (#13134126)

I guess Windows 2012 just doesn't have that "ring" to it.

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