Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 1,146
Likes: 1
Ice Offline OP
UGN News Staff
OP Offline
UGN News Staff
Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 1,146
Likes: 1
Microsoft on Monday gave its most detailed look yet at the next version of Windows, code-named "Longhorn," which features new methods of storing files, a complete revamping of the graphics, tighter links to the Internet and greater security.

At the company's Professional Developers Conference here, Microsoft founder and chairman Bill Gates previewed Longhorn and the world's largest software maker's long-term development goals to the people who will build the applications that work on the new operating system.

Such applications have long been crucial to the success of Microsoft's flagship software, Windows, which runs on more than 95 percent of the world's personal computers.

Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates promised that Longhorn would be Microsoft's largest software launch this decade and the biggest since its Windows 95 operating system.

Gates gave mostly a forward-looking address, something of a state-of-the-software presentation looking at architecture and inter-connected services.

"A lot of people nowadays are sort of pessimistic about what technology will bring," he told a packed audience at the Los Angeles Convention Center. "Certainly there is a lot of things Microsoft has to do."

For the next generation of software, Gates promised software advances like speech recognition and synthesis, integrated telephone services and better graphics.

"It's very clear we're at the beginning of this process," Gates told the developers. "We need your feedback. We need your involvement to get this right."

Microsoft said that Longhorn would tackle one of the key problems facing computer users today -- an overload of information and hard-to-find files.

"We see oceans of information," said Adam Sohn, a product manager for Microsoft's platform strategy and partner group, told Reuters ahead of the presentation.

"There are a bunch of things going on that we find very interesting, and they're not necessarily all brand new, but they're gaining a lot of prevalence,"

During Gates' address, a Microsoft staffer gave a demonstration of Longhorn, highlighting among other features the "sidebar," an area on the right side of the screen capable of dynamically displaying messaging lists, stock quotes, news feeds, times and pictures.

Microsoft is expected at some point during the day to tell developers when they can expect a "beta," or pre-release test version, of the new operating system.

Sohn said Microsoft would not focus on the timing of the consumer release, although final versions of software usually follow the beta anywhere between 3 months to a year.

The company is set to talk about the four key "buckets" it sees comprising Longhorn: fundamentals like security and scalability, new presentation technology that includes a rebuilding of Windows' graphics system, a new file-storage system called WinFS that makes heavy use of XML, extensible markup language data, and new Web services and communications technology.

A demonstration of WinFS featured a method to "stack" documents by author in a window, with the heights of the stacks corresponding to the number of documents, as well as file views that showed snapshots of documents, rather than just file names.

The company also unveiled "WinFX," which it described as a new application-programming model for Windows that is the evolution of its .NET programming framework.

In the shorter term, Gates said Microsoft would have a "beta" for the second service pack of its Windows XP operating system this year and a "beta" for the first service pack of the Windows Server 2003 system in the first half of 2004.

Source: Wired

Good artists copy, great artists

Joined: Oct 2002
Posts: 364
UGN News Staff
UGN News Staff
Joined: Oct 2002
Posts: 364
I'm trying to be excited about longhorn, but so far theres nothing new.
A sidebar isn't that big a deal, since you can just download one of many XP replacement shells that are all different (and all made by third parties) many of which do come with a sidebar.
As for the stacking feature, meh.. who cares, I have over two thousand ebooks on my computer and they're organized just fine, I'm not anti Microsoft or against a new OS, but with a launch date of 2006 and nothing impressive to show.. I'm kind of disappointed thus far.

There's nothing new in longhorn that a third party hasn't made for XP,

C++ Should Have Been Called "D"

Link Copied to Clipboard
Member Spotlight
Posts: 69
Joined: November 2003
Forum Statistics
Average Daily Posts0
Most Online3,253
Jan 13th, 2020
Latest Postings
Where and how do you torrent?
by danni75 - 03/01/24 05:58 AM
by JohanKaariainen - 08/15/19 01:18 AM
by Gremelin - 10/03/18 07:02 PM
my old account still exists!
by Crime - 08/10/18 02:47 PM
Okay WTF?
by HenryMiring - 09/27/17 01:45 AM
The History Thread...
by Gremelin - 08/11/17 12:11 PM
My friend NEEDS your HELP!
by Lena01 - 07/21/17 12:06 AM
I'm having fun with this guy.
by gabithompson730 - 07/20/17 01:50 AM
I want to upgrade my phone
by gabithompson730 - 07/20/17 01:49 AM
Doom 3
by Cyrez - 09/11/14 08:58 PM
Amazon Gift Card Generator/KeyGen?te
by Gecko666 - 08/22/14 09:21 AM
AIM scene 99-03
by lavos - 09/02/13 08:06 AM
Planetside 2
by Crime - 03/04/13 07:10 AM
Beta Testers Wanted
by Crime - 03/04/13 06:55 AM
Hello Everyone
by Gremelin - 02/12/12 06:01 PM
Tracfone ESN Generator
by Zanvin Green - 01/18/12 01:31 PM
Python 3 issue
by Testing - 12/17/11 09:28 PM
tracfone airtime
by Drache86 - 07/30/11 03:37 AM
Backdoors and the Infinite
by ZeroCoolStar - 07/10/11 03:52 AM
HackThisZIne #12 Releaseed!
by Pipat2 - 04/28/11 09:20 PM
gang wars? l33t-wars?
by Gremelin - 04/28/11 05:56 AM
Consolidate Forums
by diggin2deep - 04/21/11 10:02 AM
LAN Hacking Noob
by Gremelin - 03/12/11 12:42 AM
Top Posters
UGN Security 41,392
Gremelin 7,203
§intå× 3,255
SilentRage 1,273
Ice 1,146
pergesu 1,136
Infinite 1,041
jonconley 955
Girlie 908
unreal 860
Top Likes Received
Ghost 2
Girlie 1
unreal 1
Crime 1
Ice 1
Dartur 1
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5