MS "Longhorn" footage
April 28, 2002 9:25PM
edited January 2014
Download the video...what's the first thing that pops into your mind?
Now the real question is what's with the replicating windows that shrink? 3 Window Monte?
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Reply 1 of 10
April 28, 2002 10:02PM
....Finally! That is one long intro screen in that vid.
That thar TaskShelf (Shelf? Hm... I guess they can afford to acknowledge the influence of NeXTstep on their OS at this point) makes the Dock look downright petite, don'it?
Anyway, I just watched the thing without reading any documents on the site. What exactly are they doing when they appear to multiply the windows (and shrink them)? Is that the Windows 3.1 tiled window scheme ported to Longhorn? No more pesky overlapping windows (again)?
Reply 2 of 10
April 28, 2002 11:03PM
ok.. so its an alpha copy... but wtf was that all about? Ugly fer sure. And the 'genie' effect was quite apparent. But whatever. I've stopped caring about MS copying a while ago. Nothing will ever come out of it anyway. The worse they do it, the better the probablities are that Windows users will defect
Reply 3 of 10
April 28, 2002 11:52PM
1) Looks quite stupid. Like an overgrown taskbar on the left side of the screen.
2) That is a scaling effect, not a "genie" effect at all.
Hopefully it looks little less like ass later.
Reply 4 of 10
April 29, 2002 1:01AM
:eek: I actually like it! :eek:
I feel all dirty now.
Reply 5 of 10
April 29, 2002 2:48AM
That just generally seems pretty confusing.
It takes up a huge amount of screen real estate as well. And like g'rat said, it looks like ass. But I'm sure that will improve at least marginally by the time it comes to market.
It's more Dock-like than it ever has been, though.
I should give props to Microsoft for actually trying something (relatively) new in the human-desktop-interface paradigm, at least to the mainstream population, instead of just prettifying things.
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Reply 6 of 10
April 29, 2002 2:55AM
So...no insight with respect to the windows that go through mitosis...and shrink? I want to know what that's all about! <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
Reply 7 of 10
April 29, 2002 7:42AM
My point exactly! I wish I could read the menu items and context menus. Looks like they're either opening copies of the same window, which would seem quite pointless, or else they're opening sub-folders that way. Why they do the shrinkydink thing is beyond me. Perhaps it's for copying/pasting -- something along the lines of spring-loaded folders?!
Reply 8 of 10
April 29, 2002 7:31PM
Or maybe they're pulling an Apple "look what this can do even though it's useless ain't it cool?" thing.
Reply 9 of 10
April 29, 2002 8:12PM
From <a href="
[quote]The second Windows controversy revolves around a video that purports to show the interface for the Longhorn "shelf," which will replace the Start menu. Microsoft first publicly demonstrated the shelf last summer at the company's annual Financial Analysts Meeting, where executive Steven Guggenheimer explained how future MSN services would be able to integrate more easily with the new Windows UI. "So from the Windows perspective, I know this will be an open bar where anybody can plug in," Guggenheimer said at the time.
The video shows a Windows-like desktop in Classic mode, with a wide gray bar running up the side. The bar is divided into sections, such as "task shelf," "common tasks," and "my email," and
it's definitely fake
. However, the video's creators did a decent job using the few available bits of information to show the type of functionality that Microsoft might include in the next Windows version's UI. But if you're excited about seeing Longhorn in action, you need to wait: Microsoft told me that the Longhorn beta won't start until this fall, after the XP SP1 beta is completed. Look for more information about this purported Longhorn video on the SuperSite for Windows later this week.<hr></blockquote>
Reply 10 of 10
April 29, 2002 8:28PM
I see the contextual-menu - FinderPop comes to mind - when can we see something close to FinderPop for X?