A Glimpse Of Longhorn

Friday 29 April 2005 @ 2:53 pm

Though the successor to Windows XP, code-named Longhorn, will only due late next year, beta testing for Longhorn is due to begin this summer.

Some details had already emerged at previous Microsoft conferences, such as so-called aero glass transparency, which allows content from one window to show through parts of the window on top of it. Animated icons and shading effects available in Longhorn dramatically enhance traditional Windows elements, too.

This time more have been revealed at the 2005 Windows Hardware Engineering Conference, or WinHEC. The following are some information of Longhorn revealed:-

  • New Document Format – Metro

    Longhorn will also incorporate a new document format called Metro–which uses XML (eXtensible Markup Language) and other technologies (including parts of Avalon)–that aims to standardize advanced graphics in documents across multiple platforms and applications (similar to the way documents in Adobe’s PDF format have become ubiquitous).

  • Well Connected, Media Friendly

    Longhorn will support cell phones in the same way that Windows now supports digital cameras, with technology for everything from transferring and synchronizing data (such as music files and contact information) to displaying the phone’s content and capabilities in a Windows Explorer-like view.

    Longhorn will handle IP-addressable devices on a local-area network just as Windows XP now manages hardware connected via USB or PCI.

  • Security

    Longhorn will feature what Microsoft calls Secure Startup–technology intended to determine whether a system has been tampered with while offline.

For more detailed information, please read the source.

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