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Vista out, Vienna on the horizon

With Microsoft Gulf gearing up for its consumer launch event for Vista, reports have already surfaced of its replacement.

Ben Fathi, a corporate vice president in Microsoft's Windows Core Operating System Division, reportedly told journalists at last week's RSA Conference that the software company is drawing up plans to usurp the software with a follow-up codenamed ‘Vienna', which is expected in 2009.

Vista's reputation for being Microsoft's most secure OS also appears to be enhanced with the firm this week releasing 12 patches for 20 vulnerabilities in its software as part of its monthly patch update; none affected Vista directly, although one related to a component in it, Windows Defender.