In the footsteps of Windows Longhorn
Although the development of Windows code name Longhorn is currently still in its infancy and one can hardly speak of an alpha phase, there are numerous questionable screenshots on the Internet that are supposed to show the Windows XP successor with its surface p> Former beta tester Paul Thurrott, who still has very good contacts with Microsoft, dealt with all these rumors in an article . What is certain is that all of the screenshots that are currently on the web are clearly falsifications or show something other than the new Windows. For example, three photos that were taken at a Microsoft analyst conference in July 2001 are absolutely real. At that time, Microsoft was still assuming that the Windows Whistler successor (code name for Windows XP) would have the development name Blackcomb . A slightly modified user interface and a modified login screen with sticky notes can be seen on the photos. Back then, Microsoft wanted to demonstrate how its own services, for example MSN Calendar, could be integrated into a future Windows.
But it's not Blackcomb, of course. Instead, it's just a prototype of a post-XP user interface, used solely to show how a future Windows will supply more hooks into the UI so that other products can integrate themselves where appropriate. MSN clearly has plans to do this.
At the moment only one thing is certain, that even Microsoft is not quite yet what is certain is what the final appearance of Windows, code-named Longhorn, will be at the time of delivery. As far as the functionality of Longhorn is concerned, however, more precise statements can already be made. The new Windows repertoire will include a function for burning DVDs. Furthermore, Windows Movie Maker 2, the newest Windows Media Player, is currently availableeven under the code name Corona in development, DirectX 9.X, and other improvements.
What seems much more interesting at the moment, however, is the rumor that Windows code name Longhorn may not be the Windows XP Second Edition is. If this is the case, a revised Windows XP version could be expected in the fall of this year. Windows code name Longhorn should then be in stores a good year later, i.e. in autumn 2003. However, you should be careful with such statements. Microsoft in particular is quick when it comes to changing product planning. During Windows XP development, the second beta version (Build 2448) was able to present a completely revised user interface, code name Luna, which has also found its way into the Windows XP retail version. But before that happens, the bugs from Windows XP have to be removed.