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Buena Vista for Microsoft developers

Developers at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles have been given an early version of the forthcoming operating system Vista , formerly known as Longhorn.

Some analysts are unconvinced about what they will be getting right now, but think the technologies planned for the full release of Vista will be worth waiting for.

The Vista beta issued to developers is a test edition, which showcases the proposed OS’s data accessibility, graphical presentation and communications features. Data accessibility is enhanced by WinFS’s ability to save and search for files across multiple applications.

The OS’s graphics are to be uprated using graphics acceleration for high resolution displays, and communications improvements will enable single applications to be used on a variety of devices.

John Collins, principal researcher with Quocirca, questioned whether these features are desirable to the bulk of users.

 

“I’m in two minds. There’s a lot further that can be gone with OSs and Microsoft is developing a stack that is very interesting and that is growing outwards to link with such things as storage environments and directory services. At the same time, is it gilding the lily when most people have fairly basic requirements of their desktop OS?” he said.

 

However, Collins said that elements due to be ready for shipping with Vista, such as the Windows Communications Foundation subsystem, formerly known as Indigo, will be worth waiting for.

 

“I’m looking for Vista to tip the balance from the situation where, when applications are developed, business works around IT to where IT is able to really give the business what it needs. Applications developers have traditionally started with functional specifications and then tried to program to these. With Vista it will be possible to model business activity and then create the services that are needed,” he said.

Vista is expected to launch in the summer of 2006.


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