Saturday, July 31, 2004

Microsoft to reinvent desktop UI in Longhorn

Microsoft Corp. is working away on the next-generation of Windows, code-named Longhorn, due in 2006. According to developers, the new operating system will reshape the Windows graphics architecture, from 2D to 3D, with the Windows Graphics Foundation.

The new architecture was given a sneak peek at Microsoft's Meltdown conference, which is all about building games on Windows. Originally started as a compatibility test-fest for hardware makers and software developers, the event has matured into a Windows game developer convention. Highlights from this year's gathering, held July 27th and 28th in Seattle, included presentations about the company's XNA development tools and how to get the most out of Direct3D and DirectSound.

Well it seems that Microsoft has done it again. They are reworking the desktop graphics on their next major Operating System - Windows codenamed Longhorn. This could only mean one thing for those waiting for it - more wait. Sure it will only be released around 2006/07 period but Windows XP is starting to look plain and I don't want to install any third party skinning application to improve the look. I am also running Linux on my other partition but it is not my main OS. And don't even start on MacOS. The hardware is too pricey and I can't build my own Mac. Steve Jobs won't let me.

Source: eWeek

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