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Have been digging down Windows' builds, since Longhorn 277A, reading and thinking about them... this is a new to me, dunno if it's to everyone, but here I bring you a subject for discussion: the future of Windows Vista.

Fourthcoming Windows plataform, Vienna.

Vista Sector said:
Windows Vienna

Windows Vienna is the codename for the next Microsoft operating system after Windows Vista.

Formerly known as Blackcomb, Vienna was originally announced in February 2000, and Longhorn (as Vista was then known as) was only a small stepping stone. After many delays and a loss of track on the projects, the stepping stone after XP became Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2003 was the main focus, and Longhorn became an operating system in its own right, pushing Vienna back even further.

The release date for Vienna is estimated to be anywhere between 2010 and 2012.

Vienna is not just another rebadged version of windows with a new theme and a few new gadgety features, but a complete rethink of how we, as users, interact with our computers. Even a brand new user interface will completely replace Explorer.

Say goodbye to Explorer, the taskbar, and even the start menu. Say hello to a pie menu, Monad Shell and WinFS.

Microsoft has pointed out that Vienna will be available in both 64-bit and 32-bit versions, due to the slow overall change to 64-bit. This means that 32-bit applications (for XP, say) will be supported. However older 16-bit applications, such as MS-DOS apps, probably won't be (XP Pro x64 doesn't either). This is good news for Microsoft, as they're finally choosing to break free of their old ties of compatibility. If Vienna is delayed long enough (which we know it will be) then maybe 32-bit applications will be obsolete by then. This is good news in some ways, because resources do not need to be wasted translating everything, but yes it will be sad to see some old friends go.

Considering Vista hasn't even been released yet, Vienna seems a long way off.

News.com said:
Vienna, once labeled Blackcomb, is the new code name for the successor to Vista. It is not clear when Vienna might ship or what features it might contain. Microsoft confirmed the name change on Friday, but declined to comment on Vienna's stage of development.

"The 'Blackcomb' code name has been changed to 'Vienna,' but we do not have any other details to share on timing or focus," Microsoft said in a statement to CNET News.com. "This does not reflect a big change for us; we have used city code names in the past, which are derived from cities/locations in the world known for great 'vistas'--the kinds of places we all want to see, experience and that capture the imagination. Vienna fits with this concept."

The code name for Windows XP was Whistler, a Canadian ski resort. Blackcomb was also a ski resort, while Longhorn (Vista's code name) came from the Longhorn Saloon, which was about halfway between Whistler and Blackcomb.

Microsoft evangelist Robert Scoble first confirmed the new code name in a posting to the company's Channel 9 developer site.

Directions on Microsoft analyst Michael Cherry said that Microsoft is looking to speed up the frequency of its Windows releases, but cautioned not to read too much into the name change.

"It's just a morale thing," Cherry said. "The other names have been kicking around so long. It's much more about trying to keep focused and keep some excitement around where they are going."

As for Vista, Microsoft is slated to ship it in the second half of this year, roughly five years after it shipped Windows XP. The Vista update promises to have better search, a new graphics engine and other improved features.

However, there are several features that were pulled out of Vista that could conceivably become part of Vienna, most notably a new file storing mechanism known as WinFS.

More info about Blackcomb/Vienna here:

Not to mention Longhorn Server 2007/2008, that will "replace" Windows Server 2003.

Geesh, Microsoft is thinking of the future heh... we don't even have Vista yet :plain:


Bug Killer
easy dude... i'm still using a BETA of Vista lol
2010-2012 ?? seems to be pretty faaaar
well sounds interesting anyways, gotta see what new bugs are in the Vienna


Wilson's Friend
Interesting but is so far away, we don't know what things will be removed/added or if 2010-2012 will be the real release date. Even if is MS official thing, is just speculation, just think about when XP was about to be released, Longhorn was announced to be released soon, and then a lot of features were dropped off. I'll still focus on the present...


New member
That´s Bullshit, it is common knowledge that in 2012 we all will use silver clothes, cars will fly and we will control our Pcs by yelling "Computer, do this...Computer, do that."



New member
technically we already can use voice activation. Theres also think activation, but they have to drill the skull for that. But the silver clothes, yes, and cars already fly :p


WhiteX said:
That´s Bullshit, it is common knowledge that in 2012 we all will use silver clothes, cars will fly and we will control our Pcs by yelling "Computer, do this...Computer, do that."

You know Vista has voice technology ;) Vista, do that! Vista, do this!
That means Vienna MUST be Vista 2.0 ;)


Wilson's Friend
Jakob said:
8GB of RAM, 100GB HDD space just for the installer, it'll come on 6 HDDVD discs

That's the requiremets with eye candy GUI effects disabled. If you want to enable eye-candy you'll need 16 Gb of RAM