Can you blame them? I don't think that I'm going out on a limb by saying Windows Vista is the Edsel of operating systems. I would say it's Microsoft's biggest bust since "Microsoft Bob". Bob, however, was harmless. On the other hand, in the world of headaches; Vista is a carrier.

Microsoft has a long-standing cycle of putting out a new version of Windows every three years. Vista went public in January of 2007. So here we are now very close to completing year two and due to consumer pressure and PC Makers caught in the middle; Windows XP lives on, while Vista flounders.

Tech companies love code names for products that are in development. Vista's code name was, regretably, Longhorn. (I can only hope it had nothing to do with my beloved University of Texas).

The next version of Windows officially due out in a year and some change is code-named "Windows 7".

Guess what? Microsoft has decided NOT to call it anything that makes you think "Vista" when it hits a download button near you. They've decided to call it.. drum roll please.. Windows 7.

Windows 7 will be released in "pre-beta" to developers in the next few weeks. So, we can expect to hear a lot more about it in short time.

Arcane trivia alert: Here's another famous example of a code name that became brand name. Tab!

I'm told by my sister-in-law, who has worked in the soft drink industry for 20+ years, that TAB was an acronym cooked up by the R&D folks that developed the drink back in the 70's (the Carol Brady years). It stood for "Totally Artificial Beverage". It stuck and is somehow still around after all these years. Go figure!