Original plan for Vista (then Longhorn)

February 5, 2007 § 3 Comments

Check out what Microsoft had originally planned for Vista (then code named Longhorn). I prefer the original plan to what it is now. A point to note is that Microsoft’s Designers make Macromedia Director movies of what the OS needs to look and feel like. This does look like one of those movies.

Obviously there is a clear mis-match between what designers wanted and what developers ended up doing. Hmmm…. I have heard this somewhere. That’s right! Microsoft has come out with .NET 3.0 which takes care of this problem. They have used the web-based (CSS + HTML) model to windows programming (actually it’s much more than that) with XAML. I wonder if .NET 3.0 is a direct result of the internal frustrations between designers and developers within Microsoft. If that’s true, what it tells us is that the next version of Windows (to be released in the next 2 to 4 years) will look and feel much more like the designers want it to, not like what the developers end up coding. Now that’s awesome.


§ 3 Responses to Original plan for Vista (then Longhorn)

  • Vaibhav says:

    Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed! Extremely helpful info specially the last part I care for such information much. I was seeking this certain information for a very long time. Thank you and best of luck.

  • Vaibhav says:

    No no I don’t have those many contacts to get some internal documentation from Microsoft. I had seen that video long back in around late 2003 / early 2004. Yesterday I was going through MSN soapbox videos and found it again, so I posted it here.

  • Vaibhav says:

    You are now digging into the internal politics in MS.  We used to think it’s a harmony world between Designer and Developer
    Maybe those features will come out in the next release (still Vista, but Vista 1.1 something).  The Designers can have all their dreams for what are supposed to show on desktop.  But in reality, the developers have deadlines to meet.  I have all sympathy for the developers (hehe, speak for myself too).  After all, it’s much easier to draw the mockups and animations than to write the real codes behind it.
    Can we ever agree on something?
    Ok, I do agree, it is awesome if all the features shown in the video (by the way, how did you find this old video? MS should hide it!) appear in the new released Vista.

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