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Grassy

A while back I saw this interesting video of Robert Scoble interviewing Jenny Lam, creative direct of the Windows user experience at the time. The video gives some background information (pun intended) about the choice of a wallpaper with grass for the official Longhorn beta 1 release. You can find the video on Channel9 here: Designing Experiences at Microsoft. Below you find… Read more →

Site status heads up

Coming week this site may become unreachable at the current domain ‘longhorn.ms’ due to some hosting issues. If such a thing happens you will be able to reach this site over at ‘longhorn.mjserv.nl’. This will be just a temporary measure, in the long run nothing will change… Read more →

Some build

I’m on some sort of ‘write down all the things’ spree, documenting things I’ve found in the past1)BetaArchive – Longhorn for everyday use (back then), but never properly have written down here on longhorn.ms. Today I’d like to have a brief look at this unidentified build. In the video ‘Why I love XAML’ on Channel9, published 20 August 20042)Channel 9… Read more →

Desktop Compositing

In this tutorial you will find everything you need to enable desktop compositing on the Longhorn builds that support it. I’d like to note that I am writing this tutorial with VMware workstation in mind. As such, all drivers provided on this page are meant for use with VMware. At the bottom of this page you’ll find a list of… Read more →

True meaning of RMA

The RMA test tile already caused some discussion in the past and nobody has since figured out what it’s purpose is. This hidden tile for the sidebar in builds 4008 and up has no obvious functionality other than taking up space. In this article we will dive into the real meaning and function of the RMA test tile.   If… Read more →

3683 Tips & tricks

Longhorn build 3683 is the ‘youngest’ of all Longhorn builds we have access to, dating back to September 2002. As such you might expect it to be very similar to XP and Server 2003 versions of Windows. When looking superficially at this build this may seem to be correct, but for those that care to take a closer look there… Read more →

The very beginning

Often times people are confused to hear Longhorn was based off of Windows Server 2003. To the newcomer it seems more plausible that it was instead based off of Windows XP because early builds look so much like it. In this post we will have an in-depth look at the early beginning of the Longhorn project. Along the way we… Read more →