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I am pleased to present to you archived links regarding Microsoft Windows Code Name "Longhorn".
These links brought to you by the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

These links cover a wide variety of "Longhorn" topics, including: preparation for "Longhorn", the pillars of "Longhorn", AERO User Experience Guidelines, reference documentation, information pertaining to "Longhorn" driver development, book highlights, and more.

I have tried to list the earliest available versions in order to ensure better understanding of initial "Longhorn" concepts.

Note: While most of these links do contain a substantial amount of information, not all links are available. For reference, titles of dead links are struck out with their links included within parentheses. If a new version of a dead link is available, it is present in bold text next to the dead link.

Bold text also indicates a parent link of a given topic.

Understanding "Longhorn" :
A First Look at Writing and Deploying Apps in the Next Generation of Windows
Developer Guide to Interoperability and Migration in "Longhorn" :
Preface
Chapter 1: The "Longhorn" Opportunity
Chapter 2: Preparing for "Longhorn"
Chapter 3: Recommendations for Managed and Unmanaged Code Interoperability
Chapter 4: Recommendations for Win32, ActiveX, and "Longhorn"
Chapter 5: Recommendations for Windows Forms and "Longhorn"

MSDN TV: Lap Around "Longhorn" (http://web.archive.org/web/20061221162219/http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=ADF1B9E7-74A8-401D-9B0E-8326749F9419&displaylang=en) (New download link)

User Experience (AERO)
Sampler for PDC 2003
Picking the Right Degree of Control for User Interfaces
Notifications for Windows "Longhorn"
Windows Sidebar
Contacts
Privacy and Security
Application Archetypes
User Experience Recipe: Database Applications
Getting Serious with "Longhorn" - Create Your First Realistic Sidebar Tile

The Pillars of "Longhorn"
The Pillars of "Longhorn" : Living La Vida "Longhorn"
Fundamentals
Introducing Client Application Deployment with "ClickOnce"
WinFX Programming Model in the "Longhorn" SDK (http://longhorn.msdn.microsoft.com/?//longhorn.msdn.microsoft.com/lhsdk/port_tech_prog_model_lhapi.aspx)
Introducing "Longhorn" for Developers :
Introduction
Chapter 1: The "Longhorn" Application Model
Chapter 2: Building a "Longhorn" Application
Chapter 3: Controls and XAML
Chapter 4: Storage
Chapter 5: Data Binding
Chapter 6: Communication
Chapter 7: Creating Mobility-Aware "Longhorn" Applications

Reference Documentation
Release Notes for the Microsoft Windows Code-Named "Longhorn" SDK
"Longhorn" SDK
Building Drivers for "Longhorn"

Building Drivers
Windows Driver Development Conference 2003
Windows Driver Developer Newsgroup and Chats
Windows Hardware and Driver Central

Avalon
Create Real Apps Using New Code and Markup Model (http://msdn.microsoft.com:80/longhorn/understanding/pillars/avalon/default.aspx?pull=/msdnmag/issues/04/01/Avalon/default.aspx)
Avalon in the "Longhorn" SDK
User Interface Design
Graphics and Multimedia

Indigo
PDC Talks: Indigo
Microsoft Indigo Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
A Guide to Devloping and Running Connected Applications with "Indigo" (http://msdn.microsoft.com/longhorn/understanding/pillars/indigo/default.aspx?pull=/msdnmag/issues/04/01/Indigo/default.aspx)
Indigo Hands-Ons Labs from the PDC (DOWNLOAD)
Distributing Applications Using "Indigo" Services
The Road to Indigo Technology Roadmap (http://msdn.microsoft.com/longhorn/understanding/pillars/indigo/migratevideo/)
Understanding "Indigo" Service Applications

WinFS
"WinFS"
"WinFS" Data Model
"WinFS" Storage Engine
"WinFS" File System (http://longhorn.msdn.microsoft.com/lhsdk/winfs/conwinfsfilesystem.aspx)
Programming in WinFS
"WinFS" Security"
"WinFS" Syncronization
"WinFS-IA"
How to Use "WinFS" (http://longhorn.msdn.microsoft.com/lhsdk/winfs/datskdevelopingwinfsapplications.aspx)
Revolutionary File Storage System Lets Users Search and Manage Files Based on Content (http://msdn.microsoft.com/longhorn/understanding/pillars/winfs/default.aspx?pull=/msdnmag/issues/04/01/WinFS/default.aspx) (New Version)?
The Windows File System

Help in Windows "Longhorn"

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Below are concept videos regarding Microsoft Windows "Longhorn". Out of seven videos, only one of them, titled Government, was made available after the "development reset".

Links on your left are brought to you by the Internet Archive Wayback Machine; these links are listed primarily for reference, though you are free to download them.

Links on the right are from Microsoft's servers (as indicated by bold text).

Longhorn Concept Videos
Healthcare
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Commercial Real Estate
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Financial Services
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Manufacturing
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Higher Education
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Telecom
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Government
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Avalon
The "Avalon" Input System
A Journey of a Thousand Miles (Longhorn Foghorn)
Timing is Everything
"Longhorn" Solitaire Application (Archived version) (Official download)
PDC 2003 Avalon Screen Saver Contest Winners (Archived version) (Official download)
XAML Intellisense Patch for the PDC 2003 Release of Visual Studio .NET "Whidbey" (Archived version) (Official download)
The .NET Show "Longhorn" "Avalon" - 300k (Official download)
The .NET Show "Longhorn" "Avalon" - 100k (Official download)
The .NET Show "Longhorn" "Avalon" - Mobile (Official download)

Indigo
Writing Asynchronous, Bidirectional, Stateful, Reliable Web Services with "Indigo"
Creating "Indigo" Applications with the PDC Release of Visual Studio .NET "Whidbey" (Indigo Lingo)
Digging into Channel Types (Archived download) (Official download)
The .NET Show: "Longhorn" "Indigo" - 300k (Official download)
The .NET Show: "Longhorn" "Indigo" - 100k (Official download)
The .NET Show: "Longhorn" "Indigo" - Mobile (Official download)
The .NET Show: "Longhorn" "Indigo" Transcript

WinFS
"WinFS" 101: Introducing the New Windows File System
A Developer's Perspective on "WinFS" - Part 1
A Developer's Perspective on "WinFS" - Part 2
A Developer's Perspective on "WinFS" - Part 2 - "WinFS" Sample Download (Archived version) (Official download)
"WinFS" Overview - Significant New Storage Innovation for Longhorn (Official download)
The .NET Show: "WinFS" - 300k (Official download)
The .NET Show: "WinFS" - 100k (Official download)
The .NET Show: "WinFS" - Mobile (Official download)
The .NET Show: "WinFS" Transcript
MSDN TV: "WinFS" - Schemas and Extensibility (Official download)
"WinFS" Schema Diagram .VSD File (Archived version) (Official download)

Best of Microsoft PDC (2003)
ASP.NET Overview
"Avalon" Overview
"Indigo" Overview
"Yukon" Overview
"WinFS" Overview

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Listed below are materials from the Professional Developer's Conference (PDC) of 2003.

Most of these documents are in the .ppt file format. Unfortunately, not all of the documents listed are available. If you, dear reader, would be kind enough to download these documents for historical preservation, it would be most appreciated.

Fundamentals
Building Manageable Apps: Health Modeling and Instrumentation
(Archived version) (Official download)
Building Manageable Apps: State and Configuration
(Archived version) (Official download)
Building Manageable Apps: Admin Scripting and Automation
(Archived version) (Official download)
Next Generation Secure Computing Base Overview and Drilldown
(Archived version) (Official download)
Introducing the "Longhorn" Identity System
(Archived version) (Official download)
The Future of Network Applications: Make Your Software Cooler and Your Life Easier Using the Next-Generation of Microsoft Networking Technologies
(Archived version) (Official download)
Windows "Longhorn": Enhancements for a Trustworthy Application Experience
(Archived version) (Official download)
System.Search: Natural Language Access to Data
(Archived version) (Official download)
Tablet PC Platform Roadmap
(Archived version) (Official download)
Introducing ClickOnce: The New Web Based Application Deployment for Windows Forms and "Avalon"
(Archived version) (Official download)
Advanced Deployment Topics: Installing Your Application
(Archived version) (Official download)
Building Rights Management Enabled Applications for Windows "Longhorn"
(Archived version) (Official download)
Exploiting Windows "Longhorn" Features from within Win32/MFC Applications
(Archived version) (Official download)
ClickOnce: Advanced Topics in Web Based Application Deployment for Windows Forms and "Avalon?
(Archived version) (Official download)
Building Secure Client Applications in Windows "Longhorn"
(Archived version) (Official download)
The Windows "Longhorn" SDK: Powering the Creation of Next Generation Applications
(Archived version) (Official download)
Forum on Application Compatibility for Windows "Longhorn"
(Archived version) (Official download)
"Longhorn" Mobile Application Overview: Designing Mobile Applications for Laptops and Tablet PCs - Networking, Data, Power and Other Considerations
(Archived version) (Official download)
Windows "Longhorn": Building Network Smart Applications
(Archived version) (Official download)
Designing Power-Aware Windows "Longhorn" Applications
(Archived version) (Official download)
Exploring Location-Aware Applications in "Longhorn" and Devices
(Archived version) (Official download)
Designing Mobile Applications: Programming to "Longhorn" Data Synchronization
(Archived version) (Official download)

Avalon
Introducing the Next Generation of Windows Presentation Services
(Archived version) (Official download)
Building Applications with Controls and Dialogs
(Archived version) (Official download) (CLI300 Demo)
Building Rich, Interactive Tools for Windows "Longhorn"
(Archived version) (Official download) (CLI301 Demo)
Building Tools and Controls Using Design-Time Services
(Archived version) (Official download) (CLI302 Demo)
Creating Windows "Longhorn" User Experiences (Part 1): "Longhorn" Application Model Fundamentals
(Archived version) (Official download)
Creating Windows "Longhorn" User Experiences (Part 2): New User Interface Possibilities in Longhorn
(Archived version) (Official download)
Using the Document Platform Features
(Archived version) (Official download)
Using Data in Your "Avalon" Application: Data Visualization, Databinding and Integration with "WinFS" and Databases
(Archived version) (Official download) (CLI306 Data Binding)
Using the New UI Automation Framework to Improve Application Testability
(Archived version) (Official download)
Visually Theming and Styling Your Applications and Documents
(Archived version) (Official download)
"Indigo" and "Avalon" Together: The Smart Connected Application
(Archived version) (Official download)
"Avalon" Graphics and Media (Part 1): Overview of the Windows "Longhorn" Graphics and Media Revolution
(Archived version) (Official download)
"Avalon" Graphics and Media (Part 2): Using Graphics, Animation and Composition in Your Applications
(Archived version) (Official download) (CLI341 Graphics Intro)
"Avalon" Graphics and Media (Part 3): Using Audio, Video and Imaging in Your Applications
(Archived version) (Official download)
"Avalon": Keyboard, Speech and Pen Input in Your Controls
(Archived version) (Official download)
Windows Forms: Exploiting Windows ?Longhorn? Features from Within Your Application
(Archived version) (Official download)

Indigo
Federating Identity and Authorization Across Organizations and Platforms
(Archived version) (Official download)
Transactional Programming on the Windows Platform
(Archived version) (Official download)
Integrating Real-time Collaboration into Your Applications
(Archived version) (Official download)
Transaction Support Under the Covers: KTM, WinLS and Transactional NTFS
(Archived version) (Official download)
People and Group Controls in Windows "Longhorn": Enabling Applications for Collaboration and Data Sharing
(Archived version) (Official download)
Architecting End-to-End Enterprise Solutions: InfoPath with BizTalk 2004, SQL Server, "Indigo", WSE and Line-of-Business Applications
(Archived version) (Official download)
Services and the Future of Distributed Applications
(Archived version) (Official download)
Connected Application Technology Roadmap
(Archived version) (Official download)
Building Services (Part 1): Fundamentals
(Archived version) (Official download)
Building Services (Part 2): Secure, Reliable, Transacted Services
(Archived version) (Official download)
Using XSD, CLR Types, and Serialization in Web Services
(Archived version) (Official download)
Building Secure Distributed Applications with Web Services
(Archived version) (Official download)
Building Peer-to-Peer Applications
(Archived version) (Official download)
"Indigo": Coming Attractions
(Archived version) (Official download)
The Web Services Protocols and Architecture
(Archived version) (Official download)

WinFS
File System and Storage Advances in Windows "Longhorn": Overview
(Archived version) (Official download)
Using Windows "Longhorn" Storage ("WinFS") in Your Application (Part 1)
(Archived version) (Official download)
Using Windows "Longhorn" Storage ("WinFS") in Your Application (Part 2)
(Archived version) (Official download)
Drill Down on Synchronization Topics
(Archived version) (Official download)
Overview of Information Agent and Notifications
(Archived version) (Official download)
File System Integration
(Archived version) (Official download)
Schemas and Extensibility
(Archived version) (Official download)
Schemas, Extensibility and the Storage User Experience
(Archived version) (Official download)

Preparing for Longhorn
.NET Framework Overview: A Roadmap
(Archived version) (Official download)
Managed/Native Interop Best Practices and Common Pitfalls (That We Learned the Hard Way)
(Archived version) (Official download)
CLR Under the Covers: .NET Framework Application Security
(Archived version) (Official download)

User Experience (Aero)
Programming Windows "Longhorn" Help
(Archived version) (Official download)
Building Media Center-Enabled Applications
(Archived version) (Official download)

Tools & Code Samples
Introducing MSBuild: The Universal Build Engine for Visual Studio "Whidbey" and "Longhorn"
(Archived version) (Official download) (TLS374 Samples #1) (TLS374 Samples #2)
Additional "Avalon" Demos
(Archived version) (Official download)

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Cool, when's the release date? :p

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Cool, when's the release date? :p

 

Windows 8.1 is the completion of Longhorn to date :D

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Windows 8.1 is the completion of Longhorn to date :D

You're only 4 and a half weeks late :p

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You're only 4 and a half weeks late :p

 

Better late than never I say (when it favours me) :D

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Windows 8.1 is the completion of Longhorn to date :D

. . . You're not serious?

I would like to post more, but I do not have enough time. These documents should keep those who are interested occupied.

 

Next-Generation Secure Computing Base

Bill Gates Trustworthy Computing memo (Archived link) (Official download) (HTML version)

Craig Mundie's Trustworthy Computing memo (Archived link) (Official download)

Microsoft Next-Generation Secure Computing Base Technical FAQ (HTML) (Archived link) (Official link)

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Microsoft NGSCB document (Archived version) (Official download)

Hardware Platform for the Next-Generation Secure Computing Base (Archived version) (Official download)

Privacy Enhancements in the Next-Generation Secure Computing Base (Archived version) (Official download)

Security Model for the Next-Generation Secure Computing Base (Archived version) (Official download)

WinHEC 2000 - Privacy, Security and Content in Windows Platforms (Archived version)

Trusted Computing Base and Software Authentication (Archived version) (Official download)

A Logical Account of NGSCB (Archived version) (Official download)

NGSCB: A Trusted Open System (Archived link) (Official download)

At WinHEC 2003, Microsoft Discusses Details of Next-Generation Secure Computing Base (Official link)

Note: The NIST document regarding "Palladium" is apparently not on Microsoft's servers; it was obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Note: I am unable to relocate the document titled "WinHEC 2000 - Privacy, Security and Content in Windows Platforms". Because of this, the link listed above redirects to a copy of the document uploaded to SkyDrive.

 

WinFS

WinFS "IWish" concept video (Archived link) (Official download)

Hal Berenson ? WinFS, Integrated/Unified Storage, and Microsoft ? Part 1 (Official link)

Hal Berenson ? WinFS, Integrated/Unified Storage, and Microsoft ? Part 2 (Official link)

Hal Berenson ? WinFS, Integrated/Unified Storage, and Microsoft ? Part 3 (Official link)

Hal Berenson ? WinFS, Integrated/Unified Storage, and Microsoft ? Part 4 (Official link)

Note: Hal Berenson is a former Distinquished Engineer and General Manager at Microsoft. The articles listed provide valuable insight into the WinFS development process.

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Ahh, brings back memories. Microsoft had so much potential there. It's a shame a lot of it still never panned out. Microsoft used to be so much more of an interesting and exciting company back then.

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Longhorn is where it all started for me! Back then I used to hop on BetasIRC and WinBeta IRC Networks. Those were the days. It used to be amazing. 

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If my drobo will ever turn back on.. I can share a bunch of unleaked longhorn goodness

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I know, seems like the project was ended too early

the potential was never fully explored :(

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