Today, January 30, marks the 10th year anniversary of the Windows Vista desktop operating system, that despite modernizing Windows with several new features, for instance, updated GUI and visual style dubbed Aero, a simpler search component called Windows Search, redesigned networking, enhanced Windows Live Essentials tools, and also several new multimedia tools such as Windows DVD Maker—failed to picked up.
Codenamed Longhorn, Vista was plagued with many issues when compared to previous operating system, like its most successful predcessor Windows XP. Users who adopted the operating system frequently faced glitches, crashes, and massive driver support problems. In fact, the failure of Vista prompted, then Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer mentioning it as his biggest regret stating,
"Oh, you know, I've actually had a chance to make a lot of mistakes, and probably because, you know, people all want to focus in on period A, period B, but I would say probably the thing I regret most is the, what shall I call it, the loopedy-loo that we did that was sort of Longhorn to Vista. I would say that's probably the thing I regret most. And, you know, there are side effects of that when you tie up a big team to do something that doesn't prove out to be as valuable"
The release of Windows Vista came more than five years after the introduction of its predecessor, Windows XP, the longest time span between successive releases of Microsoft Windows desktop operating systems.
According to the timeline of Vista, development was completed on Nov 8 2006, and over the following three months, it was released in stages to computer hardware and software manufacturers, business customers and retail channels.
"On 30 January 2007, it was released worldwide and was made available for purchase and download from Windows Marketplace. It was succeeded by Windows 7, which was released to manufacturing on 22 July 2009 and released worldwide for retail on 22 October 2009."
Microsoft officially ended mainstream support for Windows Vista in April of 2012, and is planning to end extended support to April 2017.
In the latest operating system, Microsoft was last week reported working on a new variant of Windows 10 called "Cloud Shell" or "Windows 10 Cloud."
In a post, today ZDNet's MJFoly explaining the new SKU said, Microsoft developed this new SKU as a reaction to the growing popularity of Chromebooks, are increasingly popular in US schools: "Windows 10 Cloud is a simplified version of Windows 10 that will be able to run only Unified Windows Platform (UWP) apps installed from the Windows Store, my contacts say. Think of it as being similar to the version of Windows 10 formerly known as Windows RT or the Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU."