As you probably know, Microsoft announced last Friday that the official name for the next version of Windows will be Windows Vista.
At the time, in this previous post, I commented that it wasn’t a bad choice of name. I speculated that Windows Vista might be an “all in one” product that could be installed into many platforms – tablet, media centre, home PC etc. It kinda fits with the XBox 360 name – implying that this product will do a wide range of things.
Well, I have thought about the name Vista for a few days. Mentioned it to a few people. The response is pretty much a universal “what”?
It’s just a lame name Microsoft. It doesn’t inspire, excite, invoke passion. It sounds boring! Politically correct. Designed not to offend. Limp!
XP sounded like a statement. An exclamation! You had an XBox for your games box and a XP for your personal computer!
Vista sounds like the marketing wankers have taken over the building.
It reminds me of the time Sega renamed the Katana into the Dreamcast. Took a damn sexy name and let the marketing vegans change it. And that worked out well for them… Did the Dreamcast even last 12 months?
I doubt that Vista will cause Microsoft to fall into ruin. But I think its a step backwards rather than forward.