View Full Version : Official Longhorn Discussion and Speculation Thread

December 26th, 2004, 6:06 AM
This is the official thread for discussions relating to the new Windows OS, Longhorn, which is due out in 2006. Post screens, discuss Longhorn or speculate features here!

December 26th, 2004, 7:18 AM
I don't know about the features, but my friend already has Longhorn! That's coz one of her relatives works in MS or something like that.

December 26th, 2004, 11:18 AM
Or they got an alpha build off the internet, which is much more likely. >P

December 27th, 2004, 7:21 AM
No, seriously. A CD. Its more like they(not she, they, the microsoft working people) had to test the software or something like that and she just got to install it in her computer, that's all.:)

December 27th, 2004, 2:52 PM
Sure.Right.What are the super high tech features?

December 28th, 2004, 12:03 AM
Right. I asked her a few moments ago....
It supposedly has some kind of sidebar or something in which you get to see the CPU load, clock, and some kind of log, and some other things. I didn't listen correctly to everything lol.
And before you start critizing me, see the word highlighted in bold.:)

December 29th, 2004, 1:01 PM
are we allowed to link to longhorn distros in this thread>

December 29th, 2004, 6:23 PM
i didnt know if it classified as warez or not..

Shining Arcanine
December 31st, 2004, 10:11 PM
Mm, Microsoft don't distribute Pre-Alpha builds to their large Beta Testing network. Generally the registered public beta testers, like myself, will get it through Microsoft at RC1 level, or maybe just before.
Builds that are showing up now are leaking from a smaller group of supposedly 'trusted' testers that are lucky enough to get to try these early builds.
As it stands though, WinFS is crap, the Longhorn Bar is a pathetic joke compared to free alternatives that have been around since Windows 2000, and the new rendering engine is SO slow. But then, given a two years from now release, technology will catch up and maybe make the new engine and the WinFS concept feasable.
Until then, long live XP ^_^

if you were to make a bet on that you'd lose. Longhorn Alpha CDs are avaliable to anyone with an MSDN subscription was went to the 2004 PDC where they were handed out to developers. I'm sure anyone in Microsoft could get their hands on a copy for free.

Some of the new features include:

A Hardware Accelerated GUI (e.g. Avalon)
New search features (which are not reliant on WinFS)
It will feature a hardware abstraction layer meaning you can take your hard drive out of your PC, put it into different PC and then start using it like your PC.
New IE and Outlook Express with New Features
It will be .NET based
It will utilize the WinPE to make installation times 3-4 times faster than Windows XP Installation
It should be componentized
It will use Vector Graphics rather than the ugly rasterized graphics Windows XP uses
It will have intergraded DVD burning
It will have a new sound control

Those are some of the features I heard about. You can find out more info at winsupersite.com.

January 2nd, 2005, 10:05 AM
hmmmmmm... interesting reply person with a scriptkiddy hacker name... (j/k)

anyway SA is correct... it's indeed avail thru M$'s MSDN network.. free.. I could get it but i don't want it... it's nowhere close to ready.