Why “Windows Vista” is a bad name…

I’m not alone in thinking that “Windows Vista” is a really bad name. Apart from the obvious ‘Hasta la Vista’ catch phrase which brings images of the Governor of California single-handedly shooting up Redmond.

Hugh Macleod (I love his little sketches) thinks it is bland.

I did a search for other “Vista’s” on Google. Here’s what I found: – Helping small business do more business.

Vistaprint – Full service graphic design and printing.

MontaVista – Feature rich video phone for the home – runs Montavista Linux. (snigger)

Vista – VISTA is a comprehensive suite of programs and databases for comparative analysis of genomic sequences.

Vista – Software engineering and System Integration.

AltaVista – The search engine.

Vista Software – Vista Software specializes in building high-performance database engines for Windows software developers.

Vista – Vista is a software environment for computer vision research.

Vista Magazine – The Magazine for all Hispanics.

Vista Imaging – Professional Digital Imaging Solutions.

Vista Gold – Vista Gold Corp. evaluates and acquires gold projects with defined gold resources.

Vista Training – VISTA develops training programs for the construction and surface mining industries.

Vista Healthplan – VISTA provides affordable health plans and access to one of Florida’s largest independent physician networks.

Vista Control Systems – Vista Control Systems, reflects the detailed view of your facility provided by our suite of real-time process control software products.

Bloody hell, I’m tired of Googling now.

Nope, Microsoft, you screwed up on this one. Scoble, I agree with your brother.


Vista vs VISTA

So the news is out, the new version of Windows (aka Longhorn) is to be called “Windows Vista”. See the details here.

Ok, ok, I’m no hero, I was tipped off by Robert Scoble.

Pity they chose an unoriginal name like that. If I were Aperture, I’d think about legal action. See the Aperture website:
“Aperture VISTATM is an enterprise software solution which reduces operational risk and improves efficiency through the visual management of the data center by improving Learn Moreplanning, design, provisioning, troubleshooting and reporting.”