Friday, July 22, 2005

What's in a name?

It's hard to believe after a couple of years of "Windows Longhorn" and " the Longhorn timeframe" that it is now Windows Vista. We're already seeing all the jokes about "Hasta la Vista" and how one of the meanings of Vista - "A distant view or prospect" means it will be even later than expected.

It'll take some getting used to - I seem to remember that Windows XP seemed like a really stupid name too when that first came out. Of course at that time, Windows XP was a lot closer to shipping when it changed from "Whistler" to "Windows XP". Names like that just make you think that Marketing (for most companies, not just Microsoft) has a two drink minimum.