Vista, a colloquial name for Windows Vista, is an operating system developed by Microsoft for their personal computers. An initial roll-out of the product went to manufactures and businesses in the final months of 2006. It was released to the mass market in January of 2007, a record-setting five years after the previous windows incarnation, Windows XP.
The upgrade had many goals, one of which was to strengthen security measures against viruses, spyware, and malware. Other changes included graphical interface and DVD creation software which drew comparisons to their chief rival, Macintosh, who continue to corner the market on advances and high-tech gadgetry.
However, the operating system met less than favorable reviews on the blogosphere regarding everything from misleading packaging and system specs, to unfriendly user interface. Another common complaint about the Vista operating system was that previous versions of software and hardware were not compatible with this upgrade.
See also: Windows Vista