Windows Vista Vista's true development time


Senior Member
May 7, 2007

I made a post about the development of Windows Vista.

Well, I wouldn't say it only took two years, but it surely wasn't five years. Of all the work they actually used coming from the end of XP to the start of Vista's RTM, it was probably a little over three years worth of work.

Even though Longhorn was dropped in favor of a code refresh, many things (Like the sidebar) made their way into Vista.

That's true. But then again, a lot of the thing in Windows 2000 were in Windows XP, so they always build from another OS.

But I agree, it might be more like 2 1/2 years or 3 years for it.

Yep, I always though that Vista was based on Longhorn..
But now i know better

Nope, Server 03 is what it's based on, though you can find some builds of longhorn still out there.

Longhorn, that would have been a cool name to use, I like it better than Vista, they should use in the future!