"Windows Longhorn. So, is the fuss all worth it?
Well, it's nice to have it from a collectors point of view and to see what's happening, but it's nothing to write home about yet - so I'll shut up now! No, seriously, it's not worth all the massive hype that's been surrounding the leak but let's take a look at what's there so far.
The current leaked build is 3683 - pre-alpha M3 (Milestone 3). Milestones are frequently used in development circles to indicate the stages a product goes through until it reaches a certain level. Later builds exist but as yet have not found their way to the wonderful world of the web, so we'll just deal with 3683 for now.
Just as the Office 11 beta has XP plastered all over it so Longhorn also has XP littered throughout it - it even shows in the boot.ini as Windows XP Pro!. But the desktop build does show as Longhorn XP Professional.
You've seen the screenshots, you may have seen the video but, all hype aside, what does it do?
Visually, whilst the new Plex theme is quite nice - it obviously isn't finished yet as there are a number of rough edges, especially around menu bars and buttons. And I must admit I don't like the toolbars. A number of dialogs (such as the standard browse dialog) have altered leaving you at first glance wondering where to go for some items, but just as with Windows XP you soon get used to it."
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