Windows & .NET Magazine UPDATE--August 26, 2003

                <a name=" p p 1 Commentary Microsoft Preps Developers for Longhorn Wave br by Paul Thurrott News Editor thurrott winnetmag com

p p I had hoped to write the first in a series of reviews about wide screen notebook computers this week but none of the PC makers I ve contacted have shipped anything yet for various reasons many have new models coming soon and wanted me to wait for those So this week I thought I d take a break from the miserable email virus stuff have you deleted enough messages with subject lines reading That Movie Wicked screensaver and Thank you yet and talk about something a bit less serious if only because it s not front and center yet the Longhorn platform wave of products

p p Longhorn you might recall is the next major Windows client release and successor to Windows XP But Longhorn is much more than that and Microsoft now refers to the OS as a major technology wave that will include a variety of products released nearly simultaneously and that Microsoft hopes will usher in a new more technically sophisticated era of computing So we ll have Windows Longhorn as expected but also Windows Server Longhorn Microsoft Office Longhorn Microsoft Visual Studio Longhorn and a host of other products built to run off the underpinnings of these new platforms

p p Ushering in a major technological wave such as this doesn t happen overnight so analysts are already describing Microsoft s planned 2005 launch date as overambitious cautioning that a 2006 launch date is more likely This prediction makes sense but saying Microsoft won t deliver a major product on schedule is like describing water as wet Both are equally descriptive and equally pointless In any event given Longhorn s long time development cycle and the steady maturing of XP enthusiasts and other users are anxious for any Longhorn information I can provide Surprisingly I have a lot to say even at this early date

p p Most of what I know about Longhorn is available on the SuperSite for Windows http www winsupersite com which I ve recently updated with new screen shots of Longhorn UI prototypes These shots don t show what the final UI will look like instead they show a work in progress and are most interesting for showing the ways in which Microsoft hopes to streamline Windows and make it easier to use Like XP Windows Longhorn will include task based UI elements that guide users through commonly needed activities such as burning CD ROMs transferring data to a portable audio device or finding specific files And as with XP advanced users are already bristling at the notion of an even more dumbed down Windows UI

p p Don t fret it s still too early to know how the final UI will work In the meantime we have a specific development timetable and associated developer related events For low level device driver writers the folks who ll write the code that will interface hardware with the system this past April s Windows Hardware Engineering Conference WinHEC 2003 trade show was the place to be Microsoft unveiled much information about low level Longhorn technologies at that show

p p Application and service developers will want to attend the eagerly awaited Professional Developers Conference PDC 2003 in October At this show Microsoft will reveal details about Longhorn including advanced application input services such as inking and speech building applications with the new task based Avalon UI APIs building secure Longhorn applications file system and storage advances agents and notifications device synchronization people and group controls collaboration and data sharing rights management visual theming and styling of applications and much more For developers PDC 2003 will be a dynamic exciting time and probably the most Longhorn information we ll get in a week Microsoft executives have promised that they ll deliver Longhorn code to developers at the show

p p Microsoft will launch its Windows Longhorn technical beta and ship two major beta releases in 2004 At that time businesses should start evaluating not just Windows Longhorn but the other Longhorn products In the same way that Windows 95 and Office 95 complemented each other and caused a swell of simultaneous upgrades Microsoft expects Longhorn to do the same but on several levels including Windows client and server Windows based portable devices development tools office productivity suites and other applications and Microsoft NET Microsoft will also introduce a new generation of server based products that will require Windows Server Longhorn

p p Depending on your perspective Longhorn is either exciting or depressing To the masses swatting email viruses and worms from their systems the thought of a newer better Windows version is rightfully met with both skepticism and faint hope I m excited about Longhorn but dismayed that its release will take so long Although I understand the need to press onward I m confused about why Microsoft can t ship regular XP service packs and break the need for users of new XP installations to download 100MB of updates before they can get to work Surely a middle ground exists between the staleness of the past and the excitement over a new platform

p p 2 Hot Off the Press br by Paul Thurrott thurrott winnetmag com

p p SoBig F Slows But SoBig G Is Coming Soon br SoBig F the fastest spreading email virus in history slowed somewhat over the weekend but security experts warn that replicated viruses could launch a new wave of attacks soon SoBig F s creator designed the virus to unleash two broad attacks over the weekend either of which could have temporarily crippled the Internet but security experts were able to protect against the assaults rendering them ineffective Before the virus expires on September 10 it will try one more broad attack according to people who have examined its source code For the complete story visit the following URL br http www wininformant com articles index cfm articleid 39943

p p 3 Keeping Up with Win2K and NT br by Paula Sharick paula winnetmag com

p p br Today s laundry list of bug fixes includes fixes for problems that exist in all versions of Windows 2000 and problems that are specific to Win2K Service Pack 4 SP4 The fixes contain updates to many of the same core OS components Before you install the patches I recommend that you compare the file versions of the common components in each update to ensure you install only the most recent versions The fixes include the following br Win2K SP4 RPC Based Memory Leak br Windows Explorer File Delete Bug br HP NetServer Shutdown Blue Screen br Win2K SP4 Compaq SCSI Driver Failure br NTFS System Startup Fix br Large Memory Startup Hang

p p To read about each of these problems use the following link and scroll to the appropriate article br http www winnetmag com articles index cfm articleid 39963

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