July 22, 2005 7:10 AM PDT

Longhorn's new name: Windows Vista

The next version of Windows finally has an official name: Windows Vista.

The advertising tagline for Vista is "Clear, Confident, Connected: Bringing clarity to your world," according to a video of the announcement posted by Microsoft.

The company also said Friday that the first beta, or test release, of Vista is slated for release by Aug. 3. That release will be targeted at developers and IT professionals, said Brad Goldberg, general manager of Windows product development.

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A second, broader test release aimed at consumers will likely debut ahead of Vista's final release in the second half of next year, the company said.

Microsoft is also planning to begin testing a server version of the operating system by Aug. 3, with final shipment slated for 2007. The company said that version will not bear the Vista name. Instead, its name will "follow existing naming convention" for Windows Server. The current version is called Windows Server 2003.

The software giant spent roughly eight months researching potential names for the upcoming version of Windows.

Windows Vista logo
The Windows Vista logo
"We went through a process of focus groups and research to find out what name would convey idea of clarity. We think Vista captures the idea of clarity," he said.

The new name debuted Thursday before roughly 10,000 attendees of a Microsoft sales conference in Atlanta, Goldberg said.

The Vista moniker breaks with the company's tradition of using version numbers or acronyms for new Windows releases. The current version of the operating system, Windows XP--short for "experience," according to Microsoft--debuted in October 2001.

Ah, but what's in a name?
Vista's three design goals include better security, new ways to organize information, and seamless connectivity to external devices, the company said. Microsoft will provide more detail on Vista features Aug. 3, Goldberg said.

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The company first announced plans for Longhorn in 2001. It was originally expected to debut in 2004. The company has since revamped the feature list and launch date several times.

Longhorn has changed significantly since Microsoft first demonstrated an early version in 2003. The company has dropped plans to include its all-new WinFS file system and has also changed the way it's implementing a new Web services architecture, known as Indigo, and a new graphics engine, dubbed Avalon.

Goldberg said Microsoft will provide more information on WinFS, Indigo and Avalon in September at the company's Professional Developer's Conference in Los Angeles. "That's where we will unveil our entire development picture," he said.

Among the key features of Vista are a new searching mechanism, lots of new laptop features, parental controls and better home networking. There will also be visual changes, thanks to Avalon, ranging from shiny translucent windows to icons that are tiny representations of a document itself.

On the business side, Microsoft said Longhorn will be easier for businesses to deploy on multiple PCs and will also cut costs by reducing the number of times computers will have to be rebooted.

News.com's Ina Fried contributed to this report.

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A mind boggling effort....
The entire management group at Microsoft must have gone
sleepless for many weeks to accomplish such a brilliant name
choice.

But then, maybe Longhorn/shorthorn/foghorn/airhorn deserves
nothing better.

Even 'Pearly Gates' would have been a more descriptive choice.
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
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Oh Shut Up
So you think Tiger, Panther are "better" OS names? HA!
Posted by 201293546946733175101343322673 (722 comments )
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Many weeks???
It turns out that the MS management dorks spent over six months
coming up with this jewel. Now that's competence, isn't it? Even Bib
could have done it faster.... well, maybe............
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
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In the long run.....
... Vista will be the name, and MS will get it onto the store shelves,
and many PC owners will be pleased. The nitpicking will continue,
with no significant effect, nor should there be. And the world will
go on......
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
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And thus begins the media overhype
Hmmm wasnt the beta due LAST month? Forget about setting an actual release date how about setting a release date for the freaking beta? *yawns* Who gives a crap. Welcome to the Microsoft marketing machine. See they dont want the market to loose focus on their vaporware so they have to put out a press release once every month. Headlines:

Microsoft announces support for [blah] in Longshot
Microsoft announces new type of hard drive to be supported in Longshot
Microsoft announces new boot screen in Longshot
"Microsoft announces the use of 1's and Q's in its compiled OS. (0's are soooo last year.)
Whatever. Wake me when they have a beta with Aero enabled on it.
Posted by Jonathan (832 comments )
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DIfferent Stages of Beta
Oh, I think your tiny brain just don't remember there are several beta phases before the final product rolls out :)
Posted by 201293546946733175101343322673 (722 comments )
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Appropriate name
The definition (answers.com) of "vista" includes "A distant view or prospect" - certainly descriptive of Longhorn...

Jim
Posted by poster48150 (167 comments )
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A Great Name
The primary definition of vista is a scenic or panoramic view.

Certainly I think the name is a good one and I am looking very forward to the new OS. I do have to admit it has been hard sitting here while the competition rolls out some nice looking operating systems. I'll be happy to join the party.

Let's face it. XP is certainly very functional, but is dated. Most Windows users were jealous of OSX even if the interface is a little clumsy at times because it just looks great.
Posted by (18 comments )
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Vista
Now that Oldsmobile is gone I guess the name
"Vistacruiser" is free.
Posted by peterbw (2 comments )
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You call them features?
"Among the key features of Vista are a new searching mechanism, lots of new laptop features, parental controls and better home networking. There will also be visual changes, thanks to Avalon, ranging from shiny translucent windows to icons that are tiny representations of a document itself."

Nice features! KDE already has transparency.
GNOME/KDE can already show icons which are tiny
representations of documents.

Searching mechanism? I have read it can search like Spotlight, but I will be doubtful of its performance. How about a feature by feature comparison say with Spotlight/Beagle?

From the "key features" link...

"Allchin stressed that Microsoft has broken new ground in Longhorn. For example, document icons are no longer a hint of the type of file, but rather a small picture of the file itself."

Wow! what an innovation... Allchin, did you know that GNOME/KDE can already do this with a number of file types? Breaking new ground or copying existing ones?

Regarding "laptop features", Microsoft has not
committed on adding any features. I can read only statements like "looking into this", "looking into that" and "possible enhancements" etc. Isn't many of these touted "new" features already part of Mac OS X tiger?

"On the business side, Microsoft said Longhorn will be easier for businesses to deploy on multiple PCs and will also save costs by reducing the number of times computers will have to be rebooted."

Heh heh... I am not surprised Microsoft considers
that as a new feature! It shows the sad state of Windoze that something that reduces the number of times a system is booted is touted as a new feature!

"Microsoft spent roughly eight months researching potential names for the upcoming version of Windows."

ROTFL... :-D . I am sure a lot of the supposed
innovation time has gone into finding a name!

Contrast it with this...

From <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozilla_Firefox" target="_newWindow">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozilla_Firefox</a>

"According to Ben Goodger, "Deer Park is not Deer Park, Victoria, but just a symbolic name. I was riding LIRR a few weeks ago and saw the name go by and I thought it sounded nice."
Posted by pythonhacker (71 comments )
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KDE Tries to Conquer XP
...And fails! KDE is the worst OS I have ever used and that is saying a lot. Who designed the interface and naming conventions, a monkey?!

If it is so great why isn't it all over the world on millions of home computers? Firefox proves that a good product CAN overcome near monopolies. Make a product that is worthy and people will adapt it.

The "features" you mention are watered down features that were copied from real operating system designers like Sun, Apple, and Microsoft. If those companies kept a lid on their new ideas, KDE developers would have nothing to copy or try to emulate until it actually came out.

KDE does nothing original. They only attempt to copy other people's concepts. And they do that poorly.

As someone who has used it (and finally wiped it off my drive) I strongly advise people to not waste time with it.

I can fully support people making logical desicions like switching to Apple, but KDE is way behind real operating systems in every aspect and not nearly ready for prime time.
Posted by (18 comments )
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Well said, Anand
You have put the nail to the head of this exciting "press release."

"New features" indeed... .

Adding a comment to your's, so far as I can see, all that's new about it, are:
1) Buy MSN Search! :) [not Google :(]
2) Somethings which the firm wishes to remain precisely imprecise re mobile computing.
3) + 4) Buy MSN services to protect your kids +
employees from illicit internet surfing! :) [as
if :(]

And this is what they're rushing to market (in another year and a half) "for improved security?"

One is forced to wonder whose security - precisely - is being protected.

P.S. Me? I wanna know: will it have Media Player Version 12 included? :)
Posted by malabrm1 (36 comments )
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i'd like to add to this
("Allchin stressed that Microsoft has broken new ground in Longhorn. For example, document icons are no longer a hint of the type of file, but rather a small picture of the file itself."

Wow! what an innovation... Allchin, did you know that GNOME/KDE can already do this with a number of file types? Breaking new ground or copying existing ones?)

adding to this i should mention that KDE/GNOME can also play music files just by hovering the mouse above them. fantastic feature. i also use JuK to play music from the tray without taking up valuable space on the taskbar. the UI in linux is far superior to windows and it doesn't bring down the whole system if it crashes. beat that allchin :p
Posted by Scott W (419 comments )
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Well, at least it's better than
MasterCartd
or American Exprests
or Discovetr
Posted by Norseman (1319 comments )
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LOL
:)
Posted by 201293546946733175101343322673 (722 comments )
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Stop the naming conventions...
...and just state the version number.

Oh, wait, if they did, then no one would buy a the newer OS. Because who wants to buy Windows 5.1 (XP) when they have version 5.0? (2000)? Oohh, a .1 in change, in which all they did was change the default interface and included patches, drivers, etc. Right, so they must disguise it and hype it like it was the latest and greatest change in Windows so people will forget what version numbers are.

Windows Vista: They could have done better.
Posted by (20 comments )
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Will it be Windows forever
I wonder if we'll see 'Windows' in 20 years time... Maybe they'll spend another 8 or may be 16 months trying to come up with a replacement name for 'Windows'. Who knows, it could be... Losedows or he unlikely OpenWindows :-D
Posted by (56 comments )
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Same to Apple
Oh, wait, if they did, then no one would buy a the newer OS. Because who wants to buy OSXXV 5.1 when they have version OSXXV 5.0? Oohh, a .1 in change, in which all they did was change the default interface and included patches, drivers, etc. Right, so they must disguise it and hype it like it was the latest and greatest change in OSXXV so people will forget what version numbers are.

Mac OSXXV: They could have done better.
Posted by 201293546946733175101343322673 (722 comments )
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It's Windows Vista BABY!
It's Windows Vista BABY! Sounds like something out of a 1970's movie or is that Mike Myers talking?
Posted by tbeckner (56 comments )
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I Prefer "Shagging"
Sounds Fun :)
Posted by 201293546946733175101343322673 (722 comments )
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So 70's
No.lovechuncks. Sadly it's NOT Mike Myers doing one of his comic
stints set in the 70's... it's Backward Bill and the Redmond Retards
still stuck in a monpolistic timewarp up there. I wonder if Vista will
be as leaky as the Titanic?
Posted by (15 comments )
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New Name ... Same Old
Windows VISTA ... Perhaps a better name would have been SQUEEGEE. Atleast then, users would have been conned into believing that Microsoft was actually cleaning up Windows and not just turning out the same old thing with features which already exist and that, quite frankly, nobody wants. It just makes you wonder what the thought process is in the design and development room which would ultimately result in this release. As to the new feature of requiring less reboots ... define 'LESS'. Oh Microsoft, always good for a laugh.
Posted by (9 comments )
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New OS .....Same Old
Mac OSX Tiger... Perhaps a better name would have been SQUEEGEE. At least then, users would have been conned into believing that Apple was actually cleaning up OSX and not just turning out the same old thing with features which already exist and that, quite frankly, nobody wants. It just makes you wonder what the thought process is in the design and development room which would ultimately result in this release. As to the new feature of requiring less reboots ... define 'LESS'. Oh Apple, always good for a laugh.
Posted by 201293546946733175101343322673 (722 comments )
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Should Call it Brontosaurus
Coming to a tar pit near you, Microsoft's new OS....

With all the "innovative" features (which we already have in the alternatives to Windows), and all the "new ground" being broken, I'm starting to think that they should call the next release "Brontosaurus". After all, Microsoft is showing itself to be the lumbering dinosaur of a prior age of technology, so let's name it appropriately.
Posted by (274 comments )
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hah
You know, it wouldn't have mattered what they called it. You guys would still hate it.

Maybe they should have gone with animals as well?

Maybe Windows Lion?
Then the animals could fight. Tiger VS Lion.
:D
Posted by Sboston (498 comments )
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Don't Care.
Still use Win2K. Looking forward to Linux next. Hope never to use Vista. Wish DoJ would do their job.
Posted by Steve Jordan (126 comments )
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Same here
Still use Win2k on my PC, and bought a Mac in April. At some point when Win2K won't suffice, the PC is going Linux.
Posted by (274 comments )
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What a Vista!
From thesaurus.com,

Definition: landscape
Synonyms: mural, outlook, painting, panorama, photograph, prospect, scene, scenery, sketch, view, Vista.

The very fact they named it "Vista" shows that
the focus is more on the outloook, scene, view or whatever. Basically, it is just the eye-candy.
With the name "Vista", Microsoft is officially telling that to the world.

There is another meaning to Vista ;-)

Definition: perspective
Synonyms: angle, bearing, direction, facet, feature, *gimmick*, hand, outlook, perspective, phase, position, prospect, regard, scene, side, situation, slant, switch, twist, view, Vista.

I have a strong feeling that they meant Windows "gimmick"! ;-)
Posted by pythonhacker (71 comments )
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Vista vernacular
Vista - a location that affords a panoramic view of all the neat
stuff you can't actually reach...
Posted by MonkeyTrainer (10 comments )
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Anada Pilly ?
new linux command for u
SOB.Anada BSTRD.Anada
Posted by (128 comments )
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Anada Pilly ?
new linux command for u
SOB.Anada
BSTRD.Anada
Posted by (128 comments )
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A new name, how innovative!
And it took them eight months to come up with it!

I'll stick with Loooooonnnnngggg Horn;-)
Posted by technewsjunkie (1265 comments )
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Yeah, Apple is So Lame
It usually take them twelve months to come up with an animal name :)
Posted by 201293546946733175101343322673 (722 comments )
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Windows is unclear? Really?
Good thing the "Vista" name will let consumers know thier
confusion wasn't them at all - it was Windows inconsistancy.

So now in the year 2005-6 Microsoft has finally figured out how to
make thier OS "clear". Wow!

Sheesh.
Posted by technewsjunkie (1265 comments )
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OSX is Confusing
Who really cares about Tiger, Panther, Rabbit, Lizard, Elephant, and Monkey? :)
Posted by 201293546946733175101343322673 (722 comments )
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A new Windows shell and less control
Vista will surely have plenty of eye-candy giving users the illusion that their computers can do more than ever. Users will be distracted from the fact that they will actually have less control over what htey can do with their computers, thanks to Microsoft's "Treacherous computing" incentive.

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/can-you-trust.html" target="_newWindow">http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/can-you-trust.html</a>
Posted by Mallardd (47 comments )
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innovation, rather then perpetuation
Microsoft needs to focus more on innovation, rather then perpetuation. Its been almost a decade since MS can claim dominance, and certainly ubiquity in the desktop O/S realm.

Users really care more about reliability, stability, security, and intuitive ease of use rather than fancy themes, animations, etc. The last thing we need is another millennium O/S. With the deletion of WinFS, and some other yet to be seen features, Im not sure what the selling would be. The only thing helping push O/S sales is the fact that as an appliance (which PCs have yet to become), companies like Dell with core manufacturing in places like India and China, have made much lower cost PCs a disposable commodity. Way back when a high end desktop cost almost $2000.00, consumers were a lot more insistent that the software worked as advertised.
Posted by gmycyk191 (32 comments )
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An OSX Eyecandy and Less Control
OSX will surely have plenty of eye-candy giving users the illusion that their computers can do more than ever. Users will be distracted from the fact that they will actually have less control over what htey can do with their computers, thanks to Apple's "make things pretty and lemmings will follow" incentive.
Posted by 201293546946733175101343322673 (722 comments )
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What it comes to for me
is gaming. That's the reason I keep Windows around. I boot into Linux for most everything from web surfing to word processing, etc. But man, I gotta have the games. Every few months or so I'll surf around to see what the gaming situation on Mac looks like, and I'm not impressed. I know there are some big releases out, but by and large it is nowhere near what you can get in Windows. Since I already use Linux for most other things, why would I want to switch to a Mac?
Posted by Musmanno (101 comments )
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You might want to switch ...
...before you buy Vista. All that eye candy comes with a major price in computer power overhead. Wait'll the people realize they need a major gaming system just to run the OS, LOL, what a joke!
Posted by Michael Grogan (308 comments )
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$$$$$$$
I wonder how much this'll cost...
$400 for the system; then you'll have to sign-up for MSN, then
anti-malware services, then...

Just get a Mac.
Posted by (3 comments )
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When Mac's market share gets about 4.5%
and I mean quite a ways above, and I can get what I want for it, I'll consider it.
Posted by Musmanno (101 comments )
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Please Feed Mr. Jobs
He is so poor that he HAS TO come up with a new OS with pretty but useless UI EVERY SINGLE YEAR to lure people's money. Not to mention Mac hardware are SO EXPENSIVE thanks to him :)
Posted by 201293546946733175101343322673 (722 comments )
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you forget
you are missing out the £450 for office (seriously, that's what it costs), the £250 for the cut-down version of vista (no more than 3 windows open at a time) and £3000 for the PC to run it ;)
Posted by Scott W (419 comments )
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So why are people so "wed" to an OS
I give it only practical considerations. As I said elsewhere, I use Linux mainly, but I keep Windows XP for the games. But I don't have an emotional attachment to Windows. If MAC looks better from a practical perspective, then I'll switch (I used Apples long before DOS/Windows PCs to begin with).

But from that I can tell, a lot of people have a weird emotional attachment to an OS or company. It's like political parties, as long as they're "your boys" they can do no wrong.
Posted by Musmanno (101 comments )
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I don't know
I've wondered the same thing. All I can think of is that there are trolls out there who love defending the Rich Redmond Boys and the Affluent Apple Posse.

I mean check out "Bob Dillanony". Whoever that is has 1000 posts on this story. Must be a troll.
Posted by (274 comments )
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Vista Cruiser ... the old family car
eom
Posted by Thomas, David (1947 comments )
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Tiger Cruiser ... the old family car
&lt;EOM&gt;
Posted by 201293546946733175101343322673 (722 comments )
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Vista - It's out there somewhere!
??
;-)
Posted by smellcoffee (10 comments )
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Booooo!
Boooo!
Posted by kbibens (1 comment )
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Good! New Slam Slogans! :-)
All the old ones (Longshot, Shorthorn, Longhorn is bull, etc) were too easy. Vista will be more of a challenge!

"Hasta La Vista, Baby"

Any others? ;-)
Posted by open-mind (1027 comments )
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what you need
Most of you don't need an Operating System.

You need a life.
Posted by cturkin (59 comments )
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The orgin of the name is obvious:
VIrus STAr
Posted by Norseman (1319 comments )
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What's New in WinVista?
mmm.....sounds the same old story: Apple delivers and MS copies and PC user dumb and happy to use old technology. Wow now that's salesmanship!!!

Is there an iVista Store with Windows Media Tunes coming to PC users this year??
Posted by lrd123 (50 comments )
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Please!
God I hope not!

I'm getting sick of all the iPods everyone is waving in my face as it is. :)

All we need is a msPod to make it worse.
Posted by Sboston (498 comments )
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What's New in Tiger?
mmm.....sounds the same old story: MS delivers and Apple copies and Mac user dumb and happy to use old technology. Wow now that's salesmanship!!!
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