After the release of Windows XP at Microsoft they began to tinker with a project called Longhorn. What would theoretically be one minor operating system update became a particularly ambitious development.
In fact it was so ambitious never got to see the light (at least, not in the final version): Microsoft had to abandon many of the innovative ideas that intended to carry out in this operating system, and turned it into a version that would end up being one of the most criticized and hated Microsoft: Windows Vista. Now a user makes us to reconnect with that lost project.
Better inside, better outside
‘Experiencing Longhorn’ this developer has rescued a lot of information that allows us to learn much more about all those options that Longhorn could have become one of the operating systems most important of all the history.
Longhorn ended up being a victim of his own ambition and the ‘featuritis’, as explained in Wikipedia is this obsession by Add new options and improvements that you end up becoming a well focused product chaos by its excessive complication.
The project was born as a kind of ‘fork’ of Windows Server 2003 – and not Windows XP, curiously – and in its roadmap were features like the WinFS file system or call Next-Generation Secure Computing Base (NGSCB, better known by his nickname, Palladium).
That operating system not only aimed to integrate fundamental improvements internally, but it also was radically different visually with regard to what we had seen in Windows XP.
Longhorn installed on your computer
Although some of those options became Yes Windows Vista, that unfortunate version would be defenestrada. Fortunately would later Windows 7, which for many remains the best operating system in Microsoft’s history… and that certainly still more market share.
This not only blog you will find information about Longhorn, But even different compilations (Builds) which will enable you to install the operating system as it was being developed.
These compilations are available for native plants and also for virtual machines, and they are a good way to understand the magnitude of a project that ended up being partially abandoned but whose achievements ended up being inherited in part by some of the later versions of Microsoft Windows.