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    Just one question, Longhorn is still Windows so why is it in the other OS forum and not the Windows forum? :confused:

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    Good question, when I can think of a good answer I'll let you know. :?:

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    Well when ya think of one just let me know but ya know where this is goin' don't ya? :devil win

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    I really do think you guys are jumping the gun. Let's wait for Longhorn final to come out before we start getting worked up about Longhorn's performance and/or interface.

    What's certain is that the user interface will be fully customizable like XP (but more so). MS is not stupid, they won't lose a large portion of the market by locking into a particular GUI.

    Next up the performance...well come on, alpha and even early beta builds are absolute nightmares in terms of optimization and performance on current hardware. These builds are nothing to judge final performance by.

    But I do agree that it might be worth dabbling in other OS to see what we can use other than MS. For starters it might make MS more competitive in their pricing, and for another, if Longhorn turns out to be terrible then the transition will be easier.

    And don't forget...XP will be around for a while yet. Don't get edgy just yet :)

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    Microsoft is designing its ever-present Windows operating system to streamline and lower the cost of building and distributing the software.

    The next major client version of Windows, code-named Longhorn, will be designed as a series of components that Microsoft can easily combine and tailor for different markets and computing hardware, according to company executives. That's a break from the company's long-held strategy of building several similar, yet distinct, operating systems positioned for specific purposes and geographic areas.
    The change will simplify the process, and hence cut the costs associated with building Windows PCs or issuing software patches, according to Mark Myers, OEM manufacturing program manager at Microsoft.

    Longhorn is expected to debut in 2005, and will be the successor to Windows XP. It is expected to include better graphics, a redesigned storage system and a new look and feel. CNET

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    Here's another quick Longhorn summary.

    It's interesting to note Longhorn won't be compatible with any current Windows file systems (NTFS or FAT) and that all programs will have to be written especially for it. I wonder if it will have a built in emulator for older programs, or we might just have to ditch all our old stuff.

    This is one of the reasons why the Alphas are not much use. Until they fully implement the new graphics core and file system, it's not Longhorn :)

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    Someone mentioned Windows 2000 as the most stable of the Operating Systems? Is that because it is NTFS only you think? i've never messes with 2000, but wondered if it has the same "Activation" that Windows XP has?
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    Well, the internal debate over whether to deliver a Windows Server update in the Longhorn timeframe is apparently over. According to sources in and close to Microsoft, the software giant is now working on a version of Longhorn Server that will succeed Windows Server 2003 and precede Blackcomb. Longhorn Server will provide customers with the important core technologies from Longhorn, including a .NET-based user interface and graphics library called Avalon, a SQL Server "Yukon"-based file system add-on called Windows Future Storage (WinFS), and low-level anti-virus APIs, among other features. Currently, Longhorn Server is still considered a minor update, however, and not a major update like Blackcomb.

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    Windows Longhorn "Aero" Gallery.

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    <center>Longhorn RTM Date
    Release To Manufacturing</center>

    According to sources close to Microsoft the latest date set for Longhorn to go to manufacturing by is August 15, 2005. This date is due to be announced to many partners/OEMs and internally with Microsofts roadmap dates by the end of next month.

    What does this mean for Longhorn? As long as they stick to the date then it's good news for those interested in the next Windows operating system and those wanting to get a better look at it. Microsoft are going to be dishing out a preview version designed for developers at their annual professional developers conference next month. It's not expected to be very different from the first few alphas we've witnessed and still lacking of the most important factor, aero (the much hyped UI for Longhorn).

    From our calculations we're guessing that official beta testing will happen in early to mid 2004 and lasting just over a year. At release candidate stage the beta is expected to be an open beta allowing many customers to preview the next version of Windows. This latest date is always subject to change but you heard it here first.

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