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    The Iceman Cometh
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    Aug 2001

    Longhorn Stripped Down?

    I'm not sure if you've all heard but in order to keep Longhorn on track for a 2006 release, Microsoft has announced that it will dramatically change a number of important aspects of it.

    The most significant changes are with Office and with the new WinFS file system (if you don't know what that is, click here. First off, Office 12 (which was originally only going to be developed for Longhorn), is now going to be released long before Longhorn and will also run on Windows XP. As for WinFS, they have decided to hold off integrating it into Longhorn and will release it at some later date for the operating system.

    For more information, check out:
    Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Longhorn
    Microsoft revamps its plans for Longhorn
    Longhorn: A Shadow of Its Former Self?
    No WinFS for Longhorn

    Think it'll make a difference, or do you think it'll still hit a 2007 (or later) release? I'm thining it'll take until at least 2007 based upon of the delays with Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2003 SP1.


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    AO Curmudgeon rcgreen's Avatar
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    Nov 2001
    Winfs sounds really evil to me, and I'm glad they're leaving it out.
    I'm not ready for every file I create to disappear into some mysterious
    "relational database" where, If I want to delete it, the OS has,
    unknown to me, saved 17 copies of it, and 700 links and references
    to it "just in case".

    You would never know where your files really were, in fact the
    user interface prolly wouldn't refer to them as "files" any more, but
    as myriad different "objects".

    The same file might have a dozen different definitions and descriptions,
    depending on which application wanted to use the data.

    It might be a neat toy some day, but they better make the platform
    stable before playing with this science fiction file system.
    I came in to the world with nothing. I still have most of it.

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