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.
It has been leaked to the internet that the next version of Windows will be officially called Windows Vista.
Known by the codename of Longhorn for several years while in development, it is expected to be announced at 6am Pacfic Time, 22nd July that the release shall be known as Windows Vista.
Robert Scoble mentioned an upcoming announcement on his weblog earlier today – he pointed to an announcement from Microsoft would be made available at this URL. http://scoble.weblogs.com/ http://radio.weblogs.com/0001011/2005/07/21.html#a10721 http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/jul05/07-22LHMA.mspx
Soon after, AnAndTech, Channel 9 and others spread the word that the name had been leaked.
Replacing the XP title used since 2001, Vista refers to wide ranging. Perhaps a good name referring to its ability to be installed on a wide variety of environments such as the home, office, servers, media centres, tablet PC’s etc.
Since XP spawned many variations such as the Media Centre and Tablet configuration. It has been speculated that they might be eventually rolled into one product that would install what was necessary depending on the system it was being installed on.
The advantages of having an “All In One” installer being balanced by a more complex installation routine, and perhaps some inflexibility of upgrading components of one system or another.
The term Windows Vista does dovetail nicely with the XBox 360 product. Another label that suggests a wide range of applications.