The History of Windows Longhorn ? -10 Points-?

Question by Win.XP.76: The History of Windows Longhorn ? -10 Points-?
I looked on Wikipedia and other sites. Still have questions that NEVER got answered. IF LH was “never” released by MS then HOW did the “keys” get out there and BUILDS get out there?! Hmm
Also are these BETA’s or What? Very Frustrated that I get uneducated answers on Encyclopedia and
Windows Based Websites. THANKS!!
Please DON’T use the CLICHE “Longhorn” is Codename for Vista”. -Thanks Again !

Best answer:

Answer by Bill M.
Vista was Longhorn during its development (alpha) stage!

LH wasn’t really released to the public for testing. It got leaked. It had keys and build number because that’s how it’s supposed to be. The name was officially changed to Vista when it was relased to the public for beta testing in July 2005:

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/jul05/07-22LHMA.mspx

Here are the codenames of some Windows versions during their development stage:
Janus: Windows 3.1
Kato, Sparta: Windows for Workgroups 3.1
Snowball (LB): Windows for Workgroups 3.11
Chicago / Cougar: Windows 4.0 a.k.a, Windows 95
Detroit: Windows 95
Memphis: Windows 97, Windows 4.1 a.k.a. Windows 98
Dolly: Windows 98 OEM
Whistler: Windows XP
Blackcomb / Vienna: Windows 7

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Microsoft_codenames

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