Vista

Vista, formerly code named Longhorn, is a Microsoft Windows desktop operating systems. Vista was released for businesses, the holders of most volume licenses, on November 30, 2006. Bill Gates hosted the worldwide launch of Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 in Times Square on January 29, 2007. Vista ships in nine different versions that fall under the main categories of home edition and business edition.

The most noticeable change from user interface called Aero, which stands for "authentic, energetic, reflective and open." Other additions include a faster and customizable search engine and an XML-based specification for creating documents similar to Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

Microsoft has also identified several underlying technology improvements that distinguish Vista, including:

  • Enhancements to the basic structure of the operating system and the .NET framework.
  • A new audio system.
  • A simplified application deployment engine and application installer.
  • Increased support for digital rights management (DRM)
  • A messaging system that allows programs to interoperate similarly to Web services
  • Built-in IPv6 and peer-to-peer networking capabilities.
  • The multi-vendor security initiative previously known as Palladium.

Microsoft offered the beta 2 version of Vista for public download In early June 2006,. This release targeted experts and tech enthusiasts, rather than the general public. Microsoft hoped to get useful feedback from beta testers in preparation for broader release of the OS in 2007. According to Bill Gates, over 5 million users downloaded and tested Vista.

This was last updated in November 2008
Posted by: Margaret Rouse
View the next item in this Essential Guide: Windows 7 or view the full guide: Windows 7 guide: Before, during and after migration

More News and Tutorials

  • Enterprise desktop tutorials

    SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com’s tutorials provide IT professionals with the latest information on implementing, managing and securing Microsoft Windows desktops including Windows Vista, Windows XP, desktop security, desktop virtualization, terminal services, application streaming, software as a service and more.

  • What USMT will and won't do

    Microsoft's User State Migration Tool does have limitations. See what it can and can't do.

  • How to handle your Vista migration

    Now that Microsoft has stopped selling Windows XP, many companies are considering whether or not to upgrade to Windows Vista. While Vista is not without its problems, many of the operating system's migration horror stories are exaggerated. Several problems can be avoided simply by following a few best practices throughout the migration process.

There are Comments. Add yours.

 
TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

Research More Tech Terms

  • Search thousands of tech definitions
  • Browse tech definitions
    Browse Alphabetically:

Powered by WhatIs.com

File Extensions and File Formats

File Extension and File Formats List:

Powered by WhatIs.com