Longhorn To Debut As Windows Vista
Microsoft Corp on Friday unveiled “Windows Vista” as the official name of the next version of its popular operating system.Windows Vista, which was formerly known by its code-name Longhorn, is scheduled to launch in the second half of 2006, five years after Windows XP.
The name was announced Thursday at the company’s Microsoft Global Briefing, but only made the name public on Friday in a webcast. Also, Microsoft showed a short video strutting the Vista name, along with the tag phrases “Clear Confident Connected” and “Bringing clarity to your world.”
The “clear” reference has a play in Windows Vista, since one of its features would be transparent window frames. According to Microsoft, some of Vista’s features are new ways to organize information and connect to other devices. Also, icons used to represent files, for example, would be snapshots of the files — perhaps a photo or a letter, rather than a generic graphic.
Microsoft says that the first beta will ship by August 3, less than two weeks from now. The operating system, used on around 90% of personal computers, accounts for around a third of Microsoft’s revenue.
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