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March 3, 2003--In this issue:
1. NEWS AND VIEWS
- Leaked Longhorn Build Shows Little Progress
- Microsoft Mobility Developer Conference
3. CONTACT US
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(contributed by Paul Thurrott, [email protected])
* LEAKED LONGHORN BUILD SHOWS LITTLE PROGRESS
A newly leaked build of Longhorn, the next Windows desktop version, shows little progress over the earlier builds I've evaluated, suggesting that the product is still many months from fruition. Longhorn, build 4008, mysteriously showed up on Usenet News servers Friday, sending enthusiasts scrambling to download the prerelease code. The Longhorn build, which is delivered as an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9660 file, can upgrade an existing Windows XP installation or be installed from scratch on its own partition. My full review of Longhorn, build 4008, along with dozens of screenshots, will be available later today on the SuperSite for Windows.
One advance in this build is a new setup routine that takes less than 20 minutes to install the product, including just one reboot--a major improvement over installing XP or Windows 2000, which generally take 45 minutes to 1 hour. What Microsoft changed to achieve such a speedy installation time is unclear, though many previously configurable installation options are missing.
The basic Longhorn UI has changed little since earlier builds, and build 4008 still uses the ugly and temporary Plex visual style introduced last year. However, Microsoft will replace Plex with a visually stunning new UI sometime in the months ahead. In addition, this build doesn't include Windows Future Storage (WinFS), the file system based on the Yukon, the next Microsoft SQL Server release, although build 4008's interesting improvements to search and file-display filtering hint at functionality to come.
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