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Longhorn, you've come a long way


January 31, 2007 10:52 AM PST

Now that Vista is officially released, it might be fun to take a trip down memory lane. Luckily Paul Thurrott has a very complete historical archive here.

For grins, start at the bottom of his Vista section and work up. Hey wait a minute! What is this sidebar and gadget stuff doing in screen shots from 2002? Why the heck is desktop search being previewed in 2002 and early 2003? Come on, it is public knowledge that these features were copied from Apple in 2005. Who are you trying to kid Microsoft? We all know that Bill Gates sent a robot back in time to alter early versions of longhorn. And we are not falling for it!

Seriously though, it's been an interesting ride. The behind the scenes Vista story is even more interesting than the public roller coaster ride. I can't give any details here, at least not for a few months. I'm sure there will be a book written about it it anyway. Heck maybe even a movie.

I'm sure everyone at Redmond is breathing a sigh of relief right now. Now that they have Vista behind them, I'm sure there will be a bit of um, 'internal restructuring'. One thing I'll put money on... the next version of Windows won't take five years to release.

Comments (5)
Paul, January 31, 2007 01:18 PM:

Why don't you write a book about it?

Anyways, I was using Apple's built in sherlock and local search back in 1998 on Mac OS 8...

John, January 31, 2007 03:45 PM:

Oh yeah, I used Microsoft's Find Fast indexed search back in 95!

Truth be told, it was technically part of Office 95, and I un-installed it after about 1 week. At the time nothing would bring your system to its knees like 'find fast'.

Anyway, where is that Vista blog post you promised?

Paul, January 31, 2007 05:30 PM:

Well, I did run Vista Beta 2 for a little while, mostly to test my Windows code. This was on my uber-PC that I built in summer 2004 to play Half-Life 2 and Doom 3. Vista ran reasonably well, considering it was a beta.

I found the whole translucent window border thing to be incredibly distracting. It's like the UI designers had some kind of Mac OS X dock genie effect inferiority complex, and tried to make something "cooler" (as in, "my mom says I'm cool"). If you've looked at the screen shots for the Vista media player, the controls are on the bottom in the translucent part. Hope you don't have a dark background!

It's hard to not comment on the UI, since I really can't think of other features that jump out at me. I guess there is DirectX 10, except that no games support it, and maybe only one video card. And on that topic, since DX10 requires hardware support, what is preventing OpenGL from providing the same feature set?

Paul, February 8, 2007 12:29 AM:

MS had Mac envy.

John, February 9, 2007 08:36 PM:

Not enough Mac envy if you ask me. Actually from my experience I'd say that most people in the Windows division haven't tried OSX or even followed it in the tech news. Mac visibility was right up their with Firefox visibility. e.g. Tabs? What do they need stinking tabs for?

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