It's official — after months of going by the codename "Longhorn," the next-generation Windows operating system has been dubbed "Windows Vista." It sounds like a spa resort in the mountains, but the name was apparently inspired to "bring clarity to your world." IT professionals and developers will be able to get their hands on the first beta of the new OS from August 3rd, and Microsoft hopes to introduce a commercial version next year (though we're not holding our breath considering how long the development took)
Not too much has been revealed on what sets Vista apart from previous versions. The company claims it "enables a new level of confidence in your PC" and gives "focus to what's important to you." We'll just have to wait to see if that happens.
Microsoft Windows Vista [Microsoft]
Longhorn officially renamed Windows Vista [T3]