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  • Microsoft plans to launch new Operating System dubbed ‘Vienna’ in 2009

    It has barely been two weeks since Microsoft launched its much-awaited operating system, Windows Vista. But now, there are already talks among senior executives at Microsoft of a successor to Windows Vista, which will perhaps come out in 2009. Apparently, the next operating system that Microsoft plans to launch will be called ‘Vienna’.

    According to Ben Fathi, VP of development in Microsoft’s operating system group, Microsoft customers and business partners can expect to have Vienna in their hands in two to two-and-a-half years. However, the features that will be includes in the next big operating system, Vienna, is yet not known to anyone.

    Till date, the software giant has said little about Vienna, which is the code name for its next operating system. Even the benefits that it might offer to consumers and business users are yet unknown.

    However, there are a few clues. At the Windows Vista launch on January 30, 2006, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer provided some clues saying that Microsoft would like to see more built-in support at the operating system level.

    Ballmer also said that the continued convergence of communications and information technologies and consumer demand for much more sophisticated forms of digital entertainment will require operating systems with capabilities well beyond those offered by Vista, its latest operating system. “All these things will evolve, and the operating system will need to evolve with them,” concluded Ballmer.

    Microsoft may also add features to Vienna or another future operating system that go beyond more efficient pointing and clicking — features such as standard support for touch-screen and voice-activated computing.

    It’s also likely that Vienna will be designed to act in less of a client-centric manner than its predecessors and more like a conduit between the desktop and a host of services that Microsoft plans to deliver over the Web under its Windows Live initiatives. Those services include search, e-mail, and social networking tools.

    Besides, in a recent interview with Newsweek, Microsoft chairman, Bill Gates, suggested the focus (of the next operating system) would be on allowing users to have access to their files, regardless of the PC they are using. “So even if you drop by a (public) kiosk or somebody else’s PC, we can bring down your home page, your files, your fonts, your favorites and those things,” Gates added.

    Looking at these little clues and other talks that Microsoft’s officials have been getting into these days, it does seem a bit rushed, considering there were five years between the release of Windows XP and Windows Vista. However, before XP, Microsoft typically released new versions of Windows every two or three years.

    Tuesday, February 13, 2007 11:30 AM

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  • The talk about "Vienna" was started even while Vista was in development. The successor to "Whisler" (Code name for Winodws XP) was supposed to be "Blackcomb", an amazing OS with lots of cool features. But with the development of Windows Server 2003, Microsoft combined the security and perfomance with the graphics of "WinFX' (now .NET 3.0) and called it "Longhorn" (today Vista). So technically "Blackcomb" has been skipped since Microsoft has already achived a better OS (ie Vista) and hence the code name for next OS would be "Vienna".

    Thanks & Regards,
    Prathul Prabhakar
    Microsoft Student Partner

    Tuesday, February 13, 2007 12:21 PM
  • Several other features originally planned for Windows Vista may be part of "Vienna", depending on when they are finished.

    "Vienna" will also feature the sandboxed approach discussed during the Alpha/White Box development phase for Longhorn. All non-managed code will run in a sandboxed environment where access to the "outside world" is restricted by the operating system. Access to raw sockets will be disabled from within the sandbox, as will direct access to the file system, hardware abstraction layer (HAL), and complete memory addressing. All access to outside applications, files, and protocols will be regulated by the operating system, and any malicious activity will be halted immediately.If this approach is successful, it bodes very well for security and safety, as it is virtually impossible for a malicious application to cause any damage to the system if it is locked inside a metaphorical 'glass box.' As well, this sand boxed environment will be able to adapt itself to the code base it was written for. This will alleviate most problems that arise from back compatibility when a new operating system is made.

    Another feature mentioned by Bill Gates is "a pervasive typing line that will recognize the sentence that [the user is] typing in." The implications of this could be as simple as a "complete as you type" function as found in most modern search engines, (e.g. Google Suggest) or as complex as being able to give verbal commands to the PC without any concern for syntax.The former has been incorporated to an extent in Windows Vista.

    Tuesday, February 13, 2007 12:49 PM
  • Please tell me whether it is vierra or vienna

    Friday, February 23, 2007 5:38 PM
  • its vienna
    Friday, February 23, 2007 9:19 PM
  • already Vista is rocking...if they r going to give much more enhanced OS then how wud it be...!!!?
    Saturday, February 24, 2007 8:39 AM
  • charles bhai i think u need to get a look at my post regarding vista .. i would be wondering that after reading that if you still dont make up your mind about vista
    Saturday, February 24, 2007 1:07 PM