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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Vista, Longhorn and Office 2007

These days everyone at Microsoft is very busy and so they are keeping us busy as well.
Yesterday I downloaded and installed Windows Vista Beta 2, Windows Longhorn server Beta 2 and Office 2007 Beta 2.

Now, the testing can begin.
It all looks very good at first sight. The Vista Aero Glass is nice, Internet Explorer 7 has some great features (tabbed pages - search - rss feeds) and for the gadget freaks there is the Sidebar: here you can add all kinds of gadgets like a clock, a slideshow, postits, ...
But of course there is much more to Vista than good looks. So in the next weeks we'll take a closer look at all the exciting new stuff Microsoft has to offer.

Office is nice too, by the way. I think it's going to take some getting used to, but at the first glimpse I like it.

Everyone seems to be very caught up in the Vista mania, and I feel that noone is ever talking about Longhorn server. I know that it's still a long time before the server is released and Vista will be available a lot sooner, but still, it's worth looking at the server as well.

And for all the Unix and Linux fans and everyone else that is fond of commands, when you install Longhorn Server, you can choose to install the full package (Windows as we know it) or you can install the LonghornserverCore only. This is a basic server that can only host a limited number of server roles and after installation all you have is a command prompt (well, 2 actually, that's even better!)!

Over the next days and weeks, I'll be checking out Vista and Longhorn and I'll let you know what I find!


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