Microsoft 'Codename' Longhorn's official name - Vista (updated 10th Aug 2005 - jiuk)

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  • Microsoft needs to come up with a proper name for Longhorn, and soon, because it's in the middle of creating a series of marketing schemes for PC vendors towards the end of this year. The scheme allows PC manufacturers to dub their machines '[Whatever it'll be called] ready'.

    Now press reports claim that Microsoft has come up with a proper name for Longhorn. The surprise is that it apparently isn't going to be called 'Windows 2006'. According to the wire, Longhorn will be officially called 'Windows Vista'. There is currently no confirmation or announcement from Microsoft on this, though.

    Microsoft is expected to release a beta version of Longhorn / Vista next week, and the retail version of the OS is still slated to appear in the second half of next year.

  • Microsoft Windows Vista name confirmed (AKA - Longhorn)

    Longhorn is now officially called Windows Vista. The advertising tagline for Vista is "Clear, Confident, Connected: Bringing clarity to your world," according to a video of the announcement posted by Microsoft.

    Not a lot more, but some pictures of the Microsoft Global Business Conference (MGB) in Atlanta it was announced at:…2005/jul05/07-22LHMA.mspx

  • Micorsoft Windows Longhorn Server rolls out - to a few

    Microsoft has confirmed that just a handful of people will get to look at the beta version of Longhorn Server, despite the public release of a beta for its next-generation client-side operating system, Windows Vista. The first beta for the server version of Longhorn - expected to be named Windows Server 2007 - is not available for public download, but is now rolling out to a group of 5,000 testers, a Microsoft spokesperson said.

    Among those to get the first glimpse of the next iteration of Windows server software are hardware manufacturers, ISVs (independent software vendors), OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), system builders and developers. The beta, which includes core foundation and application programming interfaces for the server components, will enable Microsoft to gather feedback, she said.

    There is no date scheduled for when a beta will be made available to the general public.

  • Micorsoft Windows Longhorn 'Vista' Set and forget?

    With Microsoft Vista, the new client version of Windows due next year, Microsoft is addressing what's become a truth for most people: PCs run more slowly over time. Vista will automatically de-fragment hard disks, make better use of memory to more quickly load programs, and include a new performance control panel that will identify performance bottlenecks, according to the company. The goal is to keep PCs running like new long after they're purchased.

    "Certainly a year after a user gets a Vista system, if they do the sort of standard things we encourage users to do, install Windows updates, etc., it should run the same as when they initially got it." said Gabriel Aul, a group program manager in Microsoft's Windows division.

  • Re: Micorsoft Windows Longhorn 'Vista' Set and forget?

    Windows Vista editions
    Microsoft has sort-of-confirmed* that the forthcoming Windows Vista will be available in the following editions:

    Windows Starter 2007

    Windows Vista Home Basic

    Windows Vista Home Basic N

    Windows Vista Home Premium

    Windows Vista Business

    Windows Vista Business N

    Windows Vista Ultimate

    Windows Vista Enterprise

    N seems to stand for the media player free versions of Vista which will be sold separately in Europe, as required by the EU monopoly abuse court case.

    *Microsoft asked the news source web sites where this information recently appeared to remove it. Then Microsoft told them it didn't matter, they could leave the story up, so we assume it has a ring of truth.

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