I have been hearing about Windows Longhorn for the longest time and to this day have not heard of a release date for the new Operating System. Well, it is now known as Windows Vista and recent checks indicate that it is due to be released sometime during 2006. Below is a brief summary about Windows Vista as taken from the Microsoft Development Network:
Windows VistaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ (formerly Windows code name “Longhorn”) is a substantial advance in Windows, with significant innovations in the developer platform. Windows Vista makes it easier than ever before to build applications that are more secure, reliable, and manageable. Windows Vista also enables developers and designers to create user-experience breakthroughs that improve usability and enable greater relevance to the work users do. Finally, Windows Vista makes it easy to connect to information, systems, people, and devices though a number of innovative integration technologies.
With all that being said, I truly hope it is as truly a hype as it is being portrayed to be. Personally, Windows OS are easy to use and each advance of it has gotten better (well, Win ME and XP did give me a lot of problems especially when it came to the “blue screen of death” and their compatibility with certain hardware – scanners more specifically – that I did not have with Win 95 and 98). Now, I use Windows 2000 which does not give me any problems.
All we can do right now is sit back and wait to see how well Vista plays out. I am looking forward to getting my own copy as soon as it comes out so as to test it for myself.