Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is reported ending the Windows Vista era.
The end of Vista reign
The company is said to bidding farewell to Windows Vista after more than 10 years since its launch. Support in relation to Windows Vista marks its end today. Users will therefore be forced to upgrade to a recently upgraded version of Windows in order to be on the safe side. This marks the end of an era for an operating system which arrived late in the market and welcomed with widespread criticisms.
Codenamed Longhorn, Windows Vista originally was meant to revolutionize Windows with a new user interface and file system.
The failed innovation
Microsoft introduction of Longhorn went out of control. This forced the company reschedule its plans and focus on the shipping of a stable version of Windows while in the middle of the development phase. The company had ambitious goals for its Windows Vista during the period prior to its launching, among them a new Windows Future Storage (WinFS) filing system.
WinFS was short lived as it was eventually canceled. Microsoft, however, made an effort to convert the Windows File System into a huge database which could be accessed quickly using linked data task sets as well as related relationships between files designed by the system.
Features of Windows Vista
This was a huge task that ultimately did not work for Vista. Hence, Microsoft was forced to integrate the components of WinFS into the SQL Server product.
Windows Vista also came with a new user interface which was labeled Windows Aero or the Aero Glass. Aero Glass gave Windows Vista a totally new feel and look. This was through converting windows into glass panels that had blurred borders.
It came with a sidebar which allowed quick access to the widgets. The Start menu was designed to focus on a new way to carry out searches within the Windows Vista. The company also developed a flip 3D special feature which would render the live features of the windows in a 3D view.
Some of the issues that resulted in widespread criticisms include DRM Blu-ray discs protection as well as the quantity of User Account Control (UAC) prompts on a regular Vista usage. The company responded to the claims by introducing a marketing push to try and convince customers it was not as bad as they had heard.