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Longhorn features to be chopped?

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    jkwuc89

    Check out:
    Microsoft to Gut Longhorn to Make 2006 Delivery Date

    Apparently, WinFS and Avalon are the main chopping targets and Longhorn will be more evolutionary rather than revolutionary.

    Also check out:
    Microsoft overhauls Longhorn plans

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    jamie

    all i want longhorn to do is render using the video card - and look cool


    thats avalon and aero ?
    i hope they dont axe those


    - new file system... zzzz
    - new web services? - yawn
    - NGSCB?  pass


    Stick Aero on XP and ill BUY it OVER again
    ( release it this year as part of Reloaded ( with winmedia 10, music store, etc) 


    * before all the techy replies - i ask you to remember we've just been through 3 YEARS of security and patching and updates with nothing FUN

    Im tired of Macs "looking better" than XP.
    Blow Aqua away please... now THAT would be fun! Smiley

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    phunky_avoc​ado

    I'm with jamie, give us some eye-candy and not this finger-painting-like stuff with XP themes.

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    HellSnoopy

    I agree too.

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    compuwhiz7

    I'm seriously hoping this doesn't happen, but it may well. WinFS and Avalon would seem to be the most important parts of Longhorn, and, indeed, the most compelling reason to upgrade.

    I still will upgrade when Longhorn is released, or, rather, purchase a new computer with it preloaded and then rebuild, but it would be a bummer if this turns out to be the case.

    I wonder whether WinFS and Avalon will be released as components in a service pack, or rather in Blackcomb.

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    Karim

    Longhorn to Feature New Color Scheme

    REDMOND, WASHINGTON (August 27) - Microsoft Product Managers announced today that they have given up on their ambitious plans for the next version of Windows, known as "Longhorn."  At a press conference, Microsoft revealed that Longhorn would be basically Windows XP Service Pack 2, plus a new desktop color scheme.

    "We've been listening to our users, and the number one thing we've heard from them is that they are tired of Blue, Silver, and Olive Green," stated the press release.  "So Longhorn will feature an entirely new color scheme that is not available in Windows XP, which we are calling 'Puce.'  We hope that Puce will bring an entirely new level of enjoyment to the computing eXPerience that is Windows XP."

    Microsoft had planned to provide another color scheme for Windows XP, tentatively called "Ecru," but difficulties arose during development of the pale brown color scheme, so it was scrapped in order to meet the 2006 deadline for the release of Longhorn.

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    VBJB

    Karim wrote:
    Longhorn to Feature New Color Scheme

    REDMOND, WASHINGTON (August 27) - Microsoft Product Managers announced today that they have given up on their ambitious plans for the next version of Windows, known as "Longhorn."  At a press conference, Microsoft revealed that Longhorn would be basically Windows XP Service Pack 2, plus a new desktop color scheme.

    "We've been listening to our users, and the number one thing we've heard from them is that they are tired of Blue, Silver, and Olive Green," stated the press release.  "So Longhorn will feature an entirely new color scheme that is not available in Windows XP, which we are calling 'Puce.'  We hope that Puce will bring an entirely new level of enjoyment to the computing eXPerience that is Windows XP."

    Microsoft had planned to provide another color scheme for Windows XP, tentatively called "Ecru," but difficulties arose during development of the pale brown color scheme, so it was scrapped in order to meet the 2006 deadline for the release of Longhorn.


    I love it! :0)

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    jonathanh

    We just received a flurry of executive emails explaining the plans - expect them to hit the usual news outlets this afternoon...

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    jamie

    Karim - above post = 10+  Smiley

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    Jeremy W

    Can't wait, especially since I'm one of the main contributors for a "news outlet" (Lockergnome counts, right? Wink).

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    jamie

    ...it would be great if C9 - every now and then - could scoop Winbeta and news.com

    so ... whazz up  - i mean  - whaz IN??

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    MisterDonut

    jamie wrote:


    Im tired of Macs "looking better" than XP.
    Blow Aqua away please... now THAT would be fun! Smiley



    I concur, 100%. if it doesn't look 'cool' to the average home user, Microsoft has 10 strikes against them.

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    Sampy

    jonathanh wrote:
    We just received a flurry of executive emails explaining the plans - expect them to hit the usual news outlets this afternoon...


    I'm having lunch with some friends in Windows to sort this all out. Exciting times!

    EDIT: Lots of hallway conversations going on about this too.

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    jamie
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    Jaz

    Whats going on, this could be very bad.

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    lars

    "and make key elements of the Windows WinFXTM developer platform in "Longhorn" available for Windows XP and Windows ServerTM 2003."

    That's good news.

    "Microsoft will deliver a Windows storage subsystem, code-named "WinFS," after the "Longhorn" release."

    That is not so good news. Bye bye to WinFS.

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    Cider

    This could be very good or very bad.

    On a good note, making WinFS and WinFX backwardly compatible is FANTASTIC and, if you ask me, Microsoft coming to their senses.  It was always a daft, daft notion to make Longhorn so dependant on high hardware specs and the sort of PC that Longhorn was targetting, encompassed by the Athens prototype (64-bit, hugely able DirectX 9 cards, gigantic widescreen monitors, V-O-IP network, etc), is more of a 2010 timeframe.

    In terms of users upgrading, you could almost call this an OS upgrade step inbetween XP and Longhorn.  XP -> XP w. Longhorn technologies -> Longhorn, a step process to maybe bring in technologies such as Avalon/Aero before having to go whole hog and upgrade to Longhorn.

    On a bad note, Windows needs a revolution, and it'll be a shame if Longhorn isn't that.

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    jamie

    re: Windows needs a revolution, and it'll be a shame if Longhorn isn't that.



    it does need to said that on a product with 80+% profit margins - how did it get to this?

    why hasnt ms literally quadrupled its dev staff?


    Everytime i heard "they pulled off people from longhorn to do sp2 - i thought this... WHY?!?!?!

    Why didnt they take the 4 billion they just gave back to shareholders - cause they didnt know what to do with it.. and spend it on more developers?

    ...or can there only be SO many developers on a project?

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