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US veterans against Windows Vista

by Nikola Strahija on August 3rd, 2005 Two US war veterans’ organisations are disputing Microsoft’s decision to call the next version of Windows "Vista".

The VistA Software Alliance and WorldVista are two non-profit groups that assist American veterans hospitals, nursing homes and clinics with its VistA software. They think that naming formerly known Longhorn Vista would cause confusion between the operating system and the software used to store and manage veterans' patient information.

-The confusion created by Microsoft and its choice of the word 'Vista' is an affront to the people who take care of our nation's veterans, Barbara Boykin, chairman of the VistA Software Alliance said. -The VistA software enables these caring professionals to provide our veterans with some of the best healthcare in the nation. Microsoft is demeaning their passion and dedication to our veterans by expropriating the name Vista.’

VistA has been in use for about 20 years and provides electronic records for millions of veterans in 163 hospitals, 135 nursing homes and 850 clinics, according to the groups.

The timing of the naming is especially inconvenient because the Centre for Medicare and Medicaid Services is readying the release of VistA-Office EHR (electronic health record) within a few days, according to the groups. This is a version of VistA specifically tailored for medical practices and will be offered for free or low-cost to physicians nationwide.

A Microsoft spokeswoman said that Microsoft did a thorough search before picking the name to ensure Windows Vista would not infringe on the trademarks of other companies or products. She also said that since the trademarked name is a combination of two words - "Windows" and "Vista," one of which is clearly associated with Microsoft - the name should not create any confusion between the operating system and other similarly named software.

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