Test run for Windows Vista

Microsoft launches a beta version of the long-awaited software formerly known as Longhorn.

CNET News staff
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Microsoft launches a beta version of the long-awaited software formerly known as Longhorn.

Testers lock horns with Vista beta

A beta version of the newly renamed Longhorn is now in developers' hands. What can they expect?
July 27, 2005

A window into Vista

newsmaker Windows chief Jim Allchin talks about the challenges ahead and how the new OS might help conserve electricity.
July 27, 2005

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Vista's look and feel

images Microsoft offers a first view of its new operating system's features.
July 27, 2005

Commentary: The Vista for consumers

To win consumers over to the next version of Windows, Microsoft needs to pay close attention to their needs and habits.
July 27, 2005

Source: Beta of Windows Vista due Wednesday

Microsoft gets ready for Wednesday beta launch of software formerly known as Longhorn, source says.
July 26, 2005

Getting a handle on Vista

FAQ Here's what you can expect from the new version of Windows, formerly called Longhorn.
July 26, 2005

Moniker draws jokes, scorn, approval

Reaction to the Vista name runs the gamut. No, it's not an acronym for viruses, infections, spyware, trojans and adware.
July 23, 2005

Longhorn's new name: Windows Vista

Microsoft gives the oft-delayed operating system an official name, and says a test version is on track for release.
July 22, 2005

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Everyone wants 'free' Windows...

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July 26, 2005

Piracy-check mandatory for Windows add-ons

From now on, customers looking to get the latest add-ons to Windows will have to verify that their copy of the operating system is legit.
July 25, 2005