WinHEC 2005: Coverage Wrapby Derek Wilson & Jarred Walton on April 29, 2005 2:00 PM EST
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Longhorn ImagesWe've already talked about Longhorn, but we really neglected to show any new shots of the platform. Taking photos of a presentation isn't the best source for images, but we figured some of you might want to see the current version. The short description would be to take XP and install something like Window Blinds, and you have a very similar appearance to the Longhorn demonstration. That doesn't cover the changes that are happening under the surface, though - and there really are quite a few changes. First, here are the requisite pictures.
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If you're not shocked and amazed by the new look of Longhorn, don't worry - you're not alone. Some of the stuff like the vectorized graphics can be useful, but it's been done elsewhere already. It should end up adding some pizzazz to the Windows UI, and hopefully the revamped display engine will improve performance. We won't really know the full impact that Longhorn will have until it ships in about two years. We did get several discs with builds of the current Longhorn versions, so we may take a closer look at how the OS is shaping up in the future. Since it's still a ways off, it isn't one of our top priorities.
Note: You may have heard all the brouhaha about the posting of Longhorn screen shots. We figure since these are photos of the demonstration, and there was no restriction we're aware of pertaining to the posting of such images, we should be okay. Unfortunately, due to the angle and the conditions in which the photos were taken, they're pretty blurry. We'll hear from Microsoft if they have a problem with these images, of course.