The next version of the popular Microsoft operating system has just reached the Beta 1 milestone. For those of you who don’t know, this new OS recently lost it’s codename (“Longhorn”) and got the name of Windows Vista. I am pretty excited about this new operating system, there are a number of great new features coming out, and I’m anxious to see what they’ve included. Through IBM, I have an MSDN subscription, so I’m in the process of downloading this massive 2.5GB download.

Paul Thurrott, a Microsoft MVP has a site dedicated to Windows Vista. It’s called the Windows Vista Activity Center.

Beta 2 is not anticipated until November-March 2006.

Microsoft Windows Vista Beta 1 Announcement