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#1 Ian W

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 08:36

My apologies to staff if this topic is inappropriate. It is certainly better than another Windows 8 thrash fest.

Some of you may be aware (based on my images in the 2013 Random Images Thread) that I am infatuated with this operating system; these ideas. It may be silly to start a topic about a nearly decade-old OS, but I am doing so because I would love to read your opinions of it.

Conceptually, I feel that it is the best Microsoft operating system. There were many features scheduled for it that I wish were in Windows today.

Although I'd like to describe aspects of the project (in the unlikely event that you are unaware of it), the Development of Windows Vista article on Wikipedia should suffice; read it if you are so inclined.

Longhorn conceptual image.

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#2 Som

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 09:33

i still have a few copies of this lying around

#3 Max Norris

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 09:48

Was interested with the early concept video (the musical one from 2003 before they got into the Aero thing), had some interesting ideas that were a nice improvement on XP. The file manager especially was pretty neat. Not a fan of the sidebar though.. toyed with a program that was pretty similar (Desktop Sidebar or something like that, I forget, was a long time ago), 99% of the time it was wasted space.

Edit -- This one.


#4 Steven P.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 09:52

It started off with some great ideas and it was definetely ahead of Vista, shame the whole thing was dropped and "rebooted".

#5 StandingInAlley

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 09:57

Those were the days. The idea and concepts were quite ahead of time. Look at that sidebar and then look at the **** which they bundled with Vista. Sadly, MS had to scrap it because there were too many problems with it. From what I remember, the builds were never stable and leaked ram.

#6 Steven P.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:00

Who remembers "Watercolor"? :p

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:03

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Apparently too much change for their users too soon after legacy OS's > XP (which is somewhat ironic considering the changes these days).

I would have loved to have something running like in that video instead of what we've had to put up with in XP and Vista's lifecycle.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:07

Used to try many builds and still have some of them.Really liked it at the time.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:07

Windows Longhorn: still the most exciting Windows UI to date:
http://www.zdnet.com...00007363/#photo

Could someone explain why a large part of the Longhorn code had to be re-written at some point?

#10 .Neo

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:16

I used to follow all the Windows Longhorn alpha releases and was really exited about it. But after the the 2003 release date slipped and it became clear Microsoft wasn't going to make 2004/2005 either, I decided to switch to OS X full time. Windows XP just started to feel incredibly dated and overall I was fed up with waiting.

#11 Steven P.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 14:16

Windows Longhorn: still the most exciting Windows UI to date:
http://www.zdnet.com...00007363/#photo

Could someone explain why a large part of the Longhorn code had to be re-written at some point?


afaik the team leaders were fired and Jim Allchin replaced them and was basically told to get it out the door, so it was dumbed down from there.

Short answer: the whole team was replaced.

#12 Growled

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 15:26

I still wish they had completed WinFS. It would have been a killer file system.

#13 Javik

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 15:33

Windows Longhorn: still the most exciting Windows UI to date:
http://www.zdnet.com...00007363/#photo

Could someone explain why a large part of the Longhorn code had to be re-written at some point?


If you tested a lot of the builds, whilst having some really neat features they were both horribly unstable, very buggy, and performed poorly. In the end I believe Microsoft just realised that they were never going to build something that was stable and fast enough with the code they had and decided to start from scratch. It's a shame Longhorn didn't work because there were some really neat and ambitious ideas

I still wish they had completed WinFS. It would have been a killer file system.


WinFS was never really a filesystem it was something that ran on top of the file system to aggregate and unify content, a more advanced version of what the libraries in Windows 7 and the Windows Search feature do today. It was never pulled as such it was just refined to make it a bit less taxing on people's systems.

#14 Denis W.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 16:01

Who remembers "Watercolor"? :p


Windows 8's desktop theme is essentially Watercolor Redux. ;)

#15 mr_han_solo

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 16:17

I really liked the Longhorn "Plex" theme. I tried to fine it earlier this year for Windows 7, so I could put on on my Virtual Machine. However, I ended up messing with all of the msstyles stuff and my computer wouldn't boot.

I always thought some of the later Longhorn builds were quite stable. I used them on my main machine for gaming, MSN Messenger, typing and homework.