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Vista: Don't Call It Longhorn, Part 3

I don't think that Jim Allchin published the PDC 2003 Video with Hillel Cooperman on the Official Windows Vista Blog in direct response to Parts One and Two of this series. However, I want to make it clear anyway though that I don't dispute the fact that MS figured out a way to deliver on most of the promise of Longhorn. The heart of my argument that, if Microsoft really considered that the Longhorn project was dead internally (which I corroborated from several different MS employees who I will not name), then they should have been more open about that publicly. And if Microsoft considered XP SP2 a full-fledged OS release, maybe that's what they should have called it.

Just so that I'm clear on the subject.

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  • Tomer Chachamu said:

    "And if Microsoft considered XP SP2 a full-fledged OS release, maybe that's what they should have called it."

    I don't think that they did, until they decided that they hadn't done enough in the past few years. Suddenly SP2 became of much larger significance than it was before.

    January 26, 2007 9:43 AM
  • anonymous said:

    Improving upon security IS A MAJOR IMPROVEMENT and a reason to upgrade but doesn't exactly excite ppl like new features. New features should ALSO be NEW, new shouldn't simply be SLIGHTLY IMPROVED like Vista is.

    January 27, 2007 12:16 AM
  • mysterious.e said:

    Robert, rewind back to 2002/2003.

    If MS called SP2 a major release, and charged for it, then all hell would have broken loose. That's the only way it would have been termed a 'major release'. They did the right thing by shipping it as a free service pack. That helped stop the bleeding.

    Hey, you got a news on post-Oras, post Longhorn Server around there? This was a meaningful discussion about 1.5 years ago.

    January 27, 2007 1:26 AM