Longhorn to flaunt many new colours

Despite already facing end user scrutiny over its delayed release and the possibility forcing another hardware refresh, Microsoft’s next generation of Windows - codenamed Longhorn – will sport a multitude of enhancements, according to the company’s senior vice president of servers and tools Eric Rudder.

“Beyond the 2005 roadmap is Longhorn, the most exciting version of Windows we’ve done in a decade and it really has many constituents to satisfy,” Rudder said at Microsoft's Tech.Ed in Canberra last week. “We want to make it appeal out of the box to consumers and do a great job for IT professionals and developers, so things like desktop deployment, security management, or software management, and help and support customization are key areas for us to focus on.”

Rudder said it is important for Microsoft customers to understand that Longhorn is a “natural extension” to what the company is already doing.

“WinFX is a natural successor to the .Net frameworks. And the storage system, WinFS, is a natural successor to some of the technology that is in Longhorn,” he said. “We certainly want to make it easier for people to find things which is what we’re working on with WinFS. We will allow people to craft information agents. For example, being able to find things in your e-mail, Word documents and HTML pages in one result set.”

For business users and information workers, Rudder said Longhorn will include technologies to allow “anytime, anywhere access” to not only e-mail but documents on the machine.

New technologies are Avalon, the presentation system, WinFS, the storage system, and Indigo, the communications system.

“Avalon is a great presentation system that supports Web programming with XAML. So the user experience is a lot richer,” he said. “For example, you can use drag and drop, handwriting, and talk to your machine, yet retain the benefits of Web applications as you don’t have to install the application. One of the goals for Longhorn is to bring together the best of Windows and the best of the Web into a common environment.”

Rudder said Indigo is the next generation runtime for advanced Web services designed to be secure and reliable.

“It’s all about making it easier and simpler to build Web services,” he said. “On the collaboration side we will have new features for peer-to-peer applications and improved performance with new caching technology called Superfetch.”

Longhorn is slated for release sometime in 2006.

* Rodney Gedda attended Tech.Ed in Canberra as a guest of Microsoft

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Rodney Gedda

Show Comments



Sansai 6-Outlet Power Board + 4-Port USB Charging Station

Learn more >



Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?