Microsoft's new name a curse
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Microsoft has so far stayed quiet about the potential court action brewing over the use of the word Vista as the new name for its OS. However a US veterans group is also denouncing the software company over the use of the word.

“Would a rose smell as sweet by any other name”? According to the VistA Software Alliance and WorldVista, non-profit groups that promote and assist healthcare organizations with the Veterans Administration’s VistA software it would. The non-profit organisation feels it’s an insult that the software company has chosen the name “Vista” for the new version of the Windows operating system.
VistA is the Veterans Administration’s (VA) publicly-available healthcare software and it provides services to hospitals, medical practices, and other healthcare organizations that use VistA. VistA is also an important part of a national effort to fully computerize the nation’s healthcare system within ten years. According to the Chairman of the VistA Software Alliance, Barbara Boykin, Microsoft’s choice of the word is an affront to veterans.
“”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. Microsoft is demeaning their passion and dedication to our veterans by expropriating the name Vista.”
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is set to release VistA-Office EHR this month, this will be a version of VistA specifically tailored for medical practices. VistA-Office EHR, a low-cost electronic medical record system will also be available to physicians nationwide.
“The timing of Microsoft’s announcement is most unfortunate,” said Maury Pepper, Chairman of WorldVistA. “Microsoft is aware of the VA’s use of ‘VistA’ and yet insists on detracting from the nationwide effort to provide the VistA electronic health record to physicians throughout the country by creating confusion in the IT industry. Our healthcare system has long been in need of a truly affordable electronic medical record, and just as one becomes available, Microsoft has created a huge distraction.”
Both Boykin and Pepper agree that Microsoft’s use of the Vista name could seriously impede this effort. Microsoft’s choice of Vista will cause confusion in the emerging VistA marketplace and fear of litigation among vendors who provide VistA and VistA Office HER-related services, given Microsoft’s typically aggressive enforcement of its trademarks.