Longhorn ... the next step?Now that Windows 2003 is officially out of the closet and applications are beginning to be promoted, attention is turning to the next widely leaked version, so called Longhorn The code name for the Windows Vista operating system. After the client version was renamed "Vista" in 2005, Longhorn referred to the server version until it was officially named Windows Server 2008 in May of 2007. See Windows Vista. , due it is claimed in 2005 as an update to Windows XP The previous client version of Windows. XP was a major upgrade to the client version of Windows 2000 with numerous changes to the user interface. XP improved support for gaming, digital photography, instant messaging, wireless networking and sharing connections to the Internet. .
Longhorn will include a a revised task-based (or "inductive") user interface, an extensible, dock-like, Start panel, and a SQL Server An earlier relational DBMS from Sybase and from Microsoft. Sybase introduced SQL Server in 1988 for various Unix versions. In that same year, with help from IBM, Sybase created an OS/2 version that Microsoft licensed and branded as Microsoft SQL Server. 2003-based file system. Visually the desk top will include a new Sidebar which is an XML XML
in full Extensible Markup Language.
Markup language developed to be a simplified and more structural version of SGML. It incorporates features of HTML (e.g., hypertext linking), but is designed to overcome some of HTML's limitations. panel that includes links to outside resources. The OS will also include a file system called Windows Future Storage which is capable of data retrieval from widely varying individual sources including documents, email etc. It is a new method of storing, accessing, and indexing files. Such is the rapid developments in DVD DVD: see digital versatile disc.
in full digital video disc or digital versatile disc
Type of optical disc. The DVD represents the second generation of compact-disc (CD) technology. technology that future intentions are probably speculation. Probably the most distinguishing feature of the next initiative will be the inclusion of the Microsoft PC universal security system Palladium claimed to prevent unauthorised material from viruses to spam from intruding into the desktop, whilst also securely distributing content to a wide variety of destinations. Considerable attention is being paid to running the operating system operating system (OS)
Software that controls the operation of a computer, directs the input and output of data, keeps track of files, and controls the processing of computer programs. on screens with a resolution of 120 dots per inch, compared with 97 for current systems.
However, there is a famous saying, 'A week is a long time in politics'. Who would bet on the format of Windows OS in two years time. The Editor
Longhorn to arrive in 2005
Longhorn, the next major version of Windows for desktop PCs, will debut in 2005 ushering in Noun 1. ushering in - the introduction of something new; "it signalled the ushering in of a new era"
first appearance, introduction, debut, entry, launching, unveiling - the act of beginning something new; "they looked forward to the debut of their new product line" a new level of graphics for PCs, Microsoft have said.
While Microsoft plans to release "a couple of beta," or test, versions of Longhorn in 2004, the final version of the operating system won't come out commercially until 2005. Microsoft hopes to improve the visual quality of the computing experience running the OS on screens with a resolution of 120 dots per inch or higher.
Current 17-inch SXGA (Super XGA) A screen resolution of 1280x1024 pixels. SXGA is commonly used on standard monitors, but provides a 1.25:1 aspect ratio, compared to the more common 1.33:1 (4:3) ratio. SXGA+ has a 1400x1050 resolution, which is an exact 1.33:1 ratio. See PC display modes. displays have a resolution of about 95 dots per square inch.
More dots lead to crisper crisp·er
One that crisps, especially a compartment in a refrigerator used for storing vegetables and keeping them fresh. , more defined images. They can also make it easier to view high-resolution images. Increasing the resolution on a current monitor shrinks the size of the image, a phenomenon that can be observed by cranking the resolution setting in a computer's control panel to the maximum. At some top settings, text becomes almost impossible to read. With a higher overall resolution, users won't have to go to the extremes of the resolution spectrum. Longhorns debut is closely tied to Microsoft's work on a new file system derived from the company's database development which is designed to make it easier for people to find information on PC hard drives and across networks. The new file system will be part of Longhorn and also as part of Yukon code-named next version of its SQL Server database software.
Called Windows Future Storage (WinFS), the file system is a new means of storing, accessing or indexing files. It would replace NTFS (NT File System) An optional file system for Windows NT, 2000 and XP operating systems. NTFS is the more advanced file system, compared to FAT32. It improves performance and is required in order to implement numerous security and administrative features in the OS. and FAT32, which are used by Windows XP and earlier versions of Windows.
Microsoft have shown an early test version of Longhorn with an applet (a small program that can be downloaded quickly and used by a computer with a Web browser The program that serves as your front end to the Web on the Internet. In order to view a site, you type its address (URL) into the browser's Location field; for example, www.computerlanguage.com, and the home page of that site is downloaded to you. ) that lets applications shrink proportionally on the screen. In the applet, two identical electronic calculators were displayed, but one was noticeably larger than the other. The smaller calculator, however, was identical, proportionally, to the larger one. In Windows PCs today, only similar applications at the same resolution are identical. The applet, however, remains under development. The difficulty in its development is in coming up with a way to allow the mouse to shift between applications of different resolutions.
Between now and the release of longhorn, Microsoft will continue to tweak its existing operating systems,. A new version of its handwriting recognition engine will come out for Tablet P and a European version of Windows XP Media Centre with better TV programming data will also emerge. However, there will not be an interim release of Windows before Longhorn