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However, with an estimated 330 million Internet users as of January 2009, it had been announced that Vista usage had surpassed Microsoft's pre-launch two-year-out expectations of achieving 200 million users.At the release of Windows 7 (October 2009), Windows Vista (with approximately 400 million Internet users) was the second most widely used operating system on the Internet with an approximately 19% market share, the most widely used being Windows XP with an approximately 63% market share. It was originally expected to ship sometime late in 2003 as a minor step between Windows XP and Blackcomb, which was planned to be the company's next major operating system release.Criticism of Windows Vista has targeted its high system requirements, its more restrictive licensing terms, the inclusion of a number of, then, new DRM technologies aimed at restricting the copying of protected digital media, lack of compatibility with some pre-Vista hardware and software, longer boot time, and the number of authorization prompts for User Account Control.As a result of these and other issues, Windows Vista had seen initial adoption and satisfaction rates lower than Windows XP.
Typically, a team working on a certain feature or subsystem would generate their own working builds which developers would test with, and when the code was deemed stable, all the changes would be incorporated back into the main development tree at once.
At Microsoft, a number of "Build labs" exist where the compilation of the entirety of Windows can be performed by a team.
The name of the lab in which any given build originated is shown as part of the build label, and the date and time of the build follows that.
Microsoft's primary stated objective with Windows Vista was to improve the state of security in the Windows operating system.
One common criticism of Windows XP and its predecessors was their commonly exploited security vulnerabilities and overall susceptibility to malware, viruses and buffer overflows.
The Windows XP-style task pane was almost completely replaced with a large horizontal pane that appeared under the toolbars.