Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

Blogging about Windows since before Vista became a bad word

May 2004 - Posts

  • Windows Server Guru Speaks

    Bob Muglia Talks Longhorn Server:

    Jim Allchin told us that some features of Longhorn won't be in the first release. Was he referring to WinFS?
    There were two aspects that Jim was talking about. One is areas of maturity, associated with what you would expect from an enterprise-class file system that we are going to continue to work on. The other is that there were a lot of dreams that people had inside of Microsoft for what Longhorn Server would do. There is a natural process, whereby as a release transitions from the early dream stage into the reality stage, in which functionality and the scenarios get cut back. Jim was referring to some of those things. That's part of the natural process that every release goes through.

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  • VisualBlogger 2004 Beta 2 Released, and a Contest

    This morning, we officially launched VisualBlogger 2004 Beta 2. I talked about it a bit earlier over on my corporate blog. We've made some nifty changes, so if you want to find out more, head on over. I did want to mention here that we now support dasBlog, Radio, TypePad, and BlogWare, with more to come.

    Along with this new release, I'm launching a new contest. VisualBlogger 2004 needs a logo. Since I don't have time or the skills to make one myself, and I don't want to hire anyone to do it, I figured it would be a cool contest. The prize is your choice of any Interscape product, or a copy of the PDC 2003 Highlights DVD. Oh yeah, and the winner will get a free copy of VisualBlogger 2004 when we do a final release in late July, early August. Here are the criteria:

    • Must fit in with Interscape's look and feel. See the logos at for more information.
    • Submission must include a text logo with some kind of graphic. Graphic must be easily distinguishable in large scale for the website and splashscreen, as well as in small scale for the program, document, and system tray icons.
    • Submission must convey the purpose of VisualBlogger, so that you can tell what it does by looking at the logo.
    • Winning submission must be accompanied by the original source file in either Photoshop or Illustrator. No other drawing program formats will be accepted.

    To partipate, create your entry, upload it to the site of your choice, and link to it with your name and contact information in the comments of this entry. The contest will run through June 15th, and later if I have to. I'm looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with. Should be fun!

    At any rate, sign up for the VisualBlogger 2004 Beta 2 today and let me know what you think.

  • Using the Whidbey CTP Bits on Longhorn 4074

    WARNING: The following is NOT condoned by Microsoft. Use at your OWN RISK.

    Miguel Jimenez has a way to install the Visual Studio 2005 Community Technology Preview - March bits on the WinHEC build of Longhorn. Great Job Miguel!

    [Now Playing: Superchick - Karaoke Superstars - Help Me Out God]

  • The Longhorn Graphics Nazi: No 3D For You!

    If you don't have at least a 4X AGP Graphics card, forget about seeing the coolest features of Longhorn.

  • Longhorn on the Tablet

    According to, Microsoft has some pretty ambitious plans for Longhorn. But who didn't know that already? Day 3 of WinHEC saw "announcements" of new features specifically designed for Laptops and Tablets. I quote that as a word of warning, because these are just ideas, and all the details haven't been worked out yet. Should be interesting. I like that MS is working to make portable computers work more like other appliances. I shouldn't have to completely boot up my system to play music or watch a DVD. Will be nice to see how that turns out.
  • Top 10 Things To Do While Downloading Build 4074

    I'm about 30 seconds away from installing Build 4074 of Longhorn, so I thought I'd take a few minutes and give you something to do while you're waiting for your copy to finish downloading.
    1. Learn how to enable the cool new rendering features in Longhorn's DWM (Desktop Windows Manager, formerly Desktop Compositing Engine)
    2. Watch the Neowin video of Longhorn with DWM enabled.
    3. Check out Paul Thurott's WinHEC Day 1 review, with photos.
    4. See Paul's snapshot of the Aero UI - updated for WinHEC.
    5. Read about Microsoft's new Web Services initiatives.
    6. Read about the Longhorn Self-Guided Tour, and drool over the features.
    7. Learn how to get the files out of the DVD ISO once the file is downloaded.
    8. Shop for a DVD burner on or
    9. Read about "Troy" and "Hermes", new ConceptPCs from HP.
    10. Donate $1 to for keeping you abreast on the latest Longhorn information.
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  • Exclusive: Build 4074 Setup Screenshots

    I just finished installing Build 4074 on my system. You saw it here first, an exclusive look at the setup process. Check it out!

  • Windows Client/Server Roadmap Update

    UPDATE: Microsoft announced today that Windows "Longhorn" Server is going to be synched with Windows "Longhorn" Client, and both beta are due out next year.

    We're "building it in sync," Allchin told attendees at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference here. Allchin noted that this represents a change of plans, compared with the company's vision a year ago. "That wasn't our plan...but it is our plan today," Allchin said.

    Allchin also indicated that there is a "Windows Server 2003 update" on the road map for next year, but he did not offer much in the way of details. The update is in addition to "Service Pack 1" of Windows Server 2003, which is slated to be released later this year.

    Microsoft had earlier indicated that it was considering an update to the server OS prior to the arrival of Longhorn server. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates first mentioned the update in an interview in March with CNET


    This is good news for everyone. With Microsoft being more open about the whole development process, it is interesting to see this stuff take shape. These kind of decisions happen in software development, but because of the relative secrecy outside of the company, the media rarely picks up on it. What you're seeing right now is a transition in which the public gets a better idea of just what it takes to build software, and you'll begin to see a much more fluid operation. That will make articles like this in Time magazine more irrelevant with, well, time.

  • Where's My Alpha?

    Alright. WinHEC is here. All attendees are getting updated builds of Longhorn. I'm curious. When is that build going to be on MSDN for me to try out? Why has there been almost NO communication from MS about this? Ugh.