Microsoft Renames Longhorn "Windows Vista"

Microsoft’s crack team of zombie product namers has struck again, renaming the product formerly known as Longhorn “Windows Vista.”

But according to sources that work with the zombies, “Vista” may not actually have been what they selected.

Group coordinator Erik Haubrich said “There may have been a misunderstanding. Zombies are really hard to understand. Some of their jaws are falling off.”

The results from the zombie focus group were met with different interpretations by Haubrich and analyst Sean Melson.

“I actually thought they said ‘Windows Barrista’ but Sean thought they said ‘Windows Sleestak.”

As both thought neither would be acceptable to their superiors, the team reported back “Windows Vista” which Microsoft ultimately went with. But Haubrich now says that Melson was correct.

“Turns out they really did say ‘Windows Sleestak’,” Haubrich said.

“And it’s really kind of a shame, too, because Windows Sleestak is way cooler than Windows Vista.”

Once he was fully able to discern the zombies original intent, Haubrich attempted to get the product name changed after the fact but was unsuccessful.

“Well, it’ll always be Windows Sleestak to me,” Haubrich said.

“And, um, the zombies. And Sean. And… OK, I told some people at the Three Pigs barbecue place…”