More than that Vista when new will be 300 USD alone so that and some other software will pay for the MSDN package itself and probably save you money. And yeah it's cool being able to get the stuff before it is publically released.
I also wonder if they will keep the name Longhorn Beta 1 or Windows Vista Beta 1 now?
Originally posted by Makaveli213
If anyone remember back that far but XP was codename "Whistler" so MS never stays with a codename. As for the Vista they had a project back in 95-96 named ViSta. Funnt how it came back around.
Let me explain yes everything has a code name but they also have a perliminary name. Earch OS I list below also had a codename but the first name is what they intended to call it but then they changed their mind again to a final name. I also don't think Vista was ever used for anything before.
Codename = Preliminary Name = Final Name
Chicago = Windows 94 OR Windows 4.0 = Windows 95
Memphis = Windows 97 = Windows 98
OS/2 3.0 = Windows NT = Windows NT 3.1
Hydra = Terminal Services = Terminal Server
No Codename! = Windows NT 5.0 = Windows 2000
Whistler Server = Windows .NET Server = Windows 2003 Server
Longhorn = WIndows Vista = ?????????
Do you see my point?