Windows Codenamed Longhorn kicks off (on paper)

Thanks to xStainDx for the heads up in BPN on our forums.

He has found some documentation on Windows Codenamed Longhorn, the new Windows planned to follow XP. Microsoft have been keeping mum about this, not letting on if Longhorn will be XPSE (read: Second Edition) or a major upgrade and advancement.

We can reveal today that there will be some major advancements in compliance and driver support for Longhorn with an addition to securing the OS and making it more central to the home PC. For example: Taken from h3-longhorn_preview_winhec.doc

    ADVANCES: Broadcast and video components meet reliability and stability requirements

    New built-in driver support is being planned for Windows Longhorn. Support planned at this time includes a new class driver for USB video cameras.

    Proposed requirements include the following:

  • For any device that provides end-user capabilities for transfer of digital content, expose the device schema so that Windows can support seamless content transfer.

  • The device and driver must ensure a minimum level of propagation and persistence of device or content metadata.

  • The DirectX Video Acceleration (DirectX VA) API must be used if the hardware supports acceleration of MPEG-2 decode with motion compensation, iDCT, or VLD.

  • Video that is interlaced must be de-interlaced using the DirectX VA and Direct3D 9 APIs for video.

  • The components must be capable of rendering video with the Microsoft DirectShow Video Mixing Renderer using DirectX 9 Direct3D.
and also discussed is:
    NEW: "Mira" device, if implemented, meets stability, reliability, and compatibility requirements

  • Proposed requirements for "Mira" devices are TBD
View: Proposed requirements for the next version of the Microsoft® Windows® operating system

Download: Preview: Windows "Longhorn" Proposed Requirements for Client PCs Version 0.03a (199kb Word .DOC)

Download: Winhec Review Documents (all 5 proposals) (zip 228KB)

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