Archive for July, 2005



The highly anticipated Beta program of Windows® Vista™, formerly known under the code name “Longhorn”, has just started. Bets 1 has been given to first batch of testers for feedback: primarily bug reporting and suggestions. The press kit, which contains official screenshots, too, can be found here.

The highly anticipated Beta 1 of Windows “Longhorn” will be released pretty soon to testers and MSDN subscribers. Subscribers can now even request product key(s) for it.
A little flashback: Windows Code Name: “Longhorn” has been developed for the last 4 years, and Microsoft switched to the Windows Server 2003 SP1 code base in September 2004. […]

That’s right, according to a beta community, the Beta 1 build of Windows Code Name: “Longhorn” (note that the build won’t be tagged as “Vista”) will be released to testers tomorrow, Wednesday. The number will be about 5112 and MSDN Subscribers are going to be able to get it by the targeted date, August […]

It seems that two of the registered Windows® Vista™ domains, http://www.windowsvista.us and http://www.windowsvista.tv, are live. It’s strange, though, that they do not redirect to the Vista home page, but Microsoft’s root page. The .Com, .Net and other domains still do not work.

XAML Designer, “Aurora”

The folks at Mobiform seem to be working on a XAML editor called “Aurora”. It supports the latest (Beta 1 RC) release, and I’m sure they will update their application after Jul 27th when WinFX SDK and Avalon Beta1 should be released to MSDN Subscribers.
Anyway, Aurora can be seamlessly integrated to Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 […]

You probably have already noticed the Aurora-ish wallpaper shown in the image in the previous post taken at MGB two days ago. Thanks to a friend, you can download it from here.

Windows® Vista™

“Bringing clarity to your world.”
Today Microsoft announced the official name of the next-generation Windows operating system — Windows® Vista™, formerly known under the code-name “Longhorn”.
Information about this new name was leaked last night, as ActiveWin reported, after Microsoft Global Sales Briefing held in Atlanta. Vista stands for view, prospect and this is exactly what Windows […]

Yesterday the second, and probably the last, part of Windows Longhorn BETA invitations was sent out. It’s expected that Beta 1 is going to be released to official testers on July 27th, the next Wednesday. Beta 1 of the WinFX SDK should be released on the same day, too, so the two betas’ release dates […]

As you may already know, a dozen of Windows Longhorn 5203 screenshots have been leaked to web recently. The wallpaper seen in 5203.winmain.050702-1000 is the same as the one used in private builds (~5060) shown at WinHEC 2005 and a Channel 9 video interview with Jim Allchin, but ‘non-tagged’. The major public had only a […]

Today is kind of ‘a day of Longhorn’. Microsoft has started sending Longhorn BETA invites out, it’s known that only Top 10 R2 bug-reporters and WinHEC attendees who signed up for the BETA have beem invited so far. The Windows Server 2003 SP1 testers were promised to follow-up in the next BETA, or at least, […]