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July 22, 2005

A New Vista

I remember the puzzled looks and scratched heads when Microsoft first announced that their long-time “Whistler” product had been given the official name of Windows XP. Nobody could quite figure out what it meant or why they picked it. Or why they stopped using numbers and years for Windows versions. But there we were, with a puzzling name for the latest and greatest Microsoft had to offer, and we adapted. We got used to calling it XP, and now it’s like the name has been with us all along. “Whistler” is all but forgotten.

Today Microsoft shook thing up again by giving an official name to its new “Longhorn” version of Windows. As of right now, we have to ditch the code name and start calling it Windows Vista. Yes, Vista. Yes, it’s silly. Yes, it sounds like a marketing fluff name with absolutely no meaning. And yes, we better get used to it because it’s going to be around for a while.

Chris Pirillo has a list of alternative names they could have used. And there’s a whole debate on the name over at Channel 9. Plus 129,998 other links from Google.