Here’s a piece of interesting news – a group of developers have come together to resurrect “Windows Longhorn”. As the official website claims:
To put the projects aims simply, we aim to finish off what Microsoft started before the operating system was canceled. It is a modification of Windows 6.0.4074, which was originally released during the 2004 Windows Hardware Engineers Conference.
For those of you who were following Windows Vista development (hello — anyone there?) Microsoft had decided to scale back on the ambitious Longhorn project back in 2004 to make room for what eventually turned out to be Vista, which is still just regarded by many as a minor visual improvement over XP.
The true innovations promised by Longhorn – WinFs, Avalon and more were mostly cut out from the final release.
This group intends to build on top of the last known release and resurrect those missing items.
Ambitious claim for the group of 10 odd developers, but you just never know with the online developer communities.