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What is Microsoft Windows Vista?

I've just gotten email from a super-geeky friend of mine talking all excitedly about Microsoft Vista and Microsoft Windows Vista, but I've never heard of such a thing! What the heck is he talking about?

In a nutshell, Microsoft Windows Vista is the next generation of Microsoft Windows after Windows XP. For the last year or longer everyone's been talking about this next generation operating system using its code name of Longhorn, and while the features that are promised to be included in Longhorn have changed over the last 18 months or longer, Vista is just another name for the same future product.

I'm resisting talking about "vaporware" here, actually, because Microsoft Vista hasn't even shipped its first official beta release yet to developers, though that's scheduled to happen within the next few weeks.

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