What will Microsoft’s Vienna mean to ME?

It is a measure of the excitement generated by Microsoft's Windows operating system that a few remarks made by a moderately senior company executive while attending a small-ish industry conference have generated worldwide press coverage

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By  Peter Branton Published  February 15, 2007

It is a measure of the excitement generated by Microsoft's Windows operating system that a few remarks made by a moderately senior company executive while attending a small-ish industry conference have generated worldwide press coverage.

Yet the disclosure to journalists by one Ben Fathi that Microsoft has a code name, Vienna, for the next-generation of its Windows OS after Vista, along with an expected time frame for delivery of 2009, managed to achieve just that.

This despite the fact that many companies will very probably not have even begun deploying Vista itself before Vienna ships (assuming of course that it hits the 2009 timeframe - which might be a fairly big assumption as Vista itself faced numerous delays).

Among other ‘big' revelations from Fathi, at least according to media reports, is that Longhorn (the original codename for Vista) was put "on the backburner for a while" and that Microsoft executives realised when they did get around to working on it that "there were incremental things that we wanted to do, and significant improvements that we wanted to make in Vista that we couldn't deliver in one release".

Not exactly earth-shattering stuff in itself, quite, but the fact remains that Windows is one of the most important products in the IT industry and therefore one of the most newsworthy.

Here in the Middle East, the consumer ‘launch celebration events' of Vista are scheduled for this week, although Microsoft executives have been anxious to point out that the OS has already been available through some of its partners in the region.

We will be looking out for more news of Vienna over the next few weeks, months and indeed years, as we wait to see just when it will become available here.

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