Longhorn: A Long Road to Nowhere?
by Preston Gralla
We've been promised time and time again that it will be worth the wait because Longhorn will include all kinds of advanced technologies not currently available.
It's now looking like that's not the case. Microsoft is already publicly backing off about just how advanced Longhorn really will be.
"Maybe we hyped it up a little bit too much," Microsoft group product manager Greg Sullivan told Information Week in an interview before the WinHEC conference being held this week. He added, "We're set up to pleasantly surprise people who don't have super-high expectations for Longhorn."
Longhorn won't include WinFS, Microsoft's much-hyped new file system that was supposed to make it easier to organize and search for documents. Indigo and Avalon, two other much-hyped technologies, will be available for other versions of Windows, not just Longhorn. And you can be sure between now and shipping time, other features will be dropped as well.
So what's been taking Microsoft five years? It's tough to know. But it's a year and a half (or more) until Longhorn ships, and at the moment, the new operating system doesn't necessarily sound as if it'll be worth the wait.
Do you think Longhorn will be worth the wait?
New features aren't everything
With Longhorn, Microsoft promised a whole lot of innovations, most of which are in fact being dropped, hopefully just postponed.
But I do believe that the most important change proposed for Longhorn was the improved security. Lonhorn's supposed to include an almost complete rewrite in terms of security and stability, which I think is a monumental task, considering Windows' magnitude. This may not be considered a 'feature' per se, and users will not actually feel the difference, but it's there and it's huge.
As long as they don't drop that too, I think Longhorn will be worth the wait.
i'm still using win2k
i feel win2k still fit my needs. then i may not upgrade to xp or anything newer.
upgrade your OS to win2k when it's become free!
Longhorn...what is the points?
The technology on XP version is sufficient for today needed and if there is new technology XP is easily upgraded via thrid party software at small cost.
Microsoft under pressure of 64bit
I think Microsoft is having the hardest time of their history. Now that we have 64bit x86 CPUS in the market, Microsoft is still failing to support them. The problem lies in the very roots of Windows OS architecture (even if there is) MS OSes are besed on micro kernel architecture since the early development (acqusition, take over or what ever you may call) of NT.
What's with Longhorn?
I agree that there's something odd going on here. Originally there was a new file system, a new Windows API, a new graphics subsystem, a new security subsystem.. not to mention a slew of other novel and incomprehensible runtime features and tools. Now, after years of behind-the-scenes flailing around, it's approaching 'none of the above'. Odd.