Longhorn/milestone.. when is this coming out and what are the new features.. im hearing about a new file system???? whats it gunna be called?
Longhorn release schedule
Longhorn revealed: June 24, 2001
Longhorn release verified by Microsoft executive vice president Jim Allchin: June 27, 2001
Longhorn mentioned in Microsoft antitrust settlement filing: November 1, 2001
Longhorn details first revealed on the SuperSite for Windows: January 14, 2002
Longhorn alpha build 3670 (internal release only): August 19, 2002
Longhorn alpha build 3683 (internal release only): September 23, 2002
Microsoft confirms Longhorn will be desktop release only: November 11, 2002
Longhorn alpha build 4008 (internal release only): February 19, 2003
Longhorn build 4008 leaks: February 28, 2003
Longhorn developer preview: March 2003
Longhorn graphics and security features revealed: May 6-8, 2003
Longhorn UI revealed: Expected October 2003
Longhorn Beta 1: Expected early 2004
Longhorn Beta 2: Expected late 2004
Longhorn final release: Expected 2005
Longhorn will include a database-like file system add-on called Windows Future Storage (WinFS), which is based on technology from SQL Server 2003 (code-named Yukon). This file system add-on will abstract physical file locations from the user and allow for the sorts of complex data searching that are impossible today. For example, today, your email messages, contacts, Word documents, and music files are all completely separate. That won't be the case in Longhorn. WinFS requires NTFS.
In the last week or so, Longhorn was put back to 2006 (probably Q1) to cope with an extended life cycle for XP. Basically, XP SP2 has been put back to Q3 2004, from late this year. It is rumoured that this is so that lots of new functionality can be included such as embedded AV andenhanced firewall. This is apparantly because they didn't want to issue an intermediate OS between XP and Longhorn, which would probably have been XP SE. The downsides to this are that it will be about 2 years between SP1 and SP2 for XP. This again brings into sharp focus the importance of keeping upto date with patches. Also, it means that it will be 5 years between desktop OS releases, XP was 2001, Longhorn will be 2006. This is unprecedented really as since 95 was released, there's only been a maximum of 3 years between releases.
There you go, hope it's useful information.
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