Borrowing a line from Allstate Insurance, Microsoft says it wants customers to know they are in good hands when they choose its software. Elsewhere, since May this year we’ve heard dribs and drabs about Microsoft’s much hyped next generation Operating System. According to the internal calendar Longhorn is due to hit Beta 1 on February 16th 2005 and hit RTM May 22nd 2006. Don’t be surprised if the Beta 1 date slips let alone the RTM date.
Microsoft to back customers in infringement cases; Longhorn Status
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Many interesting features of Longhorn have been discussed on these forums, but it seems like the most revolutionary have all been pushed back to the version that follows. (like the database filesystem, and the totally new graphics API) What actually will be new?
just wait and see
I guess those dates will probably pushed back– its normal, happens all the time– but just imagine how awkward it would be if they did follow those dates?
WinFS was dropped from Longhorn (desktop) but will be availible in server edition. Seriously, home users don’t need this. I’m not sure but I think the 3D desktop is (will) still in Longhorn. I don’t know why people bitch about WinFS for desktop. It’s like you just gotta have it although most of them probably don’t even need it. Other big thing in Longhorn will be the Windows Graphics Foundation. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s “just” the next DirectX but Microsoft thought of changing the name because it deos bring some serios changes.
Re: “As part of the announcement, Microsoft highlighted two customers–Regal entertainment and ADC Telecommunications–that said that indemnity was key to their choice of Windows over Linux. “We simply aren’t interested in having to worry about potential legal risks of deploying Linux in this environment,” ADC Telecommunications manager Jamey Anderson said in a statement.”
This belief is because of more Microsoft FUD that is spread. It’s simply not true as Linux distributors Novell and Red Hat both offer indemnity protection. For example Novell here http://www.novell.com/licensing/indemnity/
Re: “Of course, it’s not just altruism that motivates the software maker. The company plans to make indemnity a new plank in its “Get the Facts” campaign, which touts the advantages of Windows over Linux.”
Again more Microsoft FUD spread to consumers in an attempt to confuse them from the truth about what each developer can offer them. Novell’s take on Microsoft’s “Get the Facts” can be read here http://www.novell.com/linux/truth/
Other Microsoft issues that should concern Windows consumers can be read here http://linuxinsider.com/story/37990.html
As sad it is, that marketing. You can’t possibly belive a company (any) can succeed if they tell the truth. i.e.; You think anyone would even dare running a Windows server if Microsoft would say Linux is a better choise.
It’s sad. No one ever succeede by beeing fair.
Being in good hands is having a good security policy.
I will just have to wait and see if Longhorn is as poor with security as previous ‘beta’ OSs like Windows XP etc.
Hope they put some experts into designing security deep into it. And I’m talking about security that users want and not restrictions!
Does the indemnity extend to SQL Server? Microsoft doesn’t have rights to sublicense the code they ship in that:
I guess it does:
“the protection extends to current and older versions of its software, including its Windows operating system, Office desktop software and SQL Server database.”
That sounds like a good reason for Timeline to start suing users of MS SQL Server, since apparently they will just be getting money from Microsoft.
Timeline is gonna have a ball with this one. According to timeline press release(so take it as you will) MSFT only settled for them selves, leaving the end users exposed. I hope timleine gets a little low on cash, and ‘asks’ for some from MSFT to help them.
If they did that they would get critized as copying them osx people again so its more likely to be
then they only look like its always a new os when it will be the same with bug fixes
“WinFS was dropped from Longhorn (desktop) but will be availible in server edition.”
Which won’t be released at the same time with Longhorn. Probably a year or two later.
“WinFS was dropped from Longhorn (desktop) but will be availible in server edition. Seriously, home users don’t need this”
yah right. MS dropped it. so you dont need it anymore. all that beagle does on the desktop isnt really required. right….
“I don’t know why people bitch about WinFS for desktop. It’s like you just gotta have it although most of them probably don’t even need it.”
Well maybe because for literally YEARS they have been hyping this as a feature to get people to “Wait and see” before switching to LINUX and now they pulled it. I would guess that is why people are bitching. Because this isn’t the first time MS has done this in order to kill the competition.