Retrocomputing Video: Hands on with Windows Longhorn / Vista Build 5048

Retrocomputing Video: Hands on with Windows Longhorn / Vista Build 5048

As we don’t have a new Windows Insider build to test this week I am going back in time to 2005 and Windows Longhorn beta. In this video I look at build 5048 of Windows Longhorn, the project that would become Windows Vista. Windows Longhorn was designated to be the replacement for Windows XP and was a massive project with new UI concepts, new file system and integration with the .net framework.

In 2004 Microsoft reset the Longhorn project due to splitting time scales, problems with stability and the new focus on Trustworthy Computing and they started again using Windows Server 2003 as a base so Longhorn never made it to the finished product.

I look at the UI and features in the build and see the changes to the OS. By way of comparison checkout my video of the pre-reset build of Windows Longhorn and you can see why many people thought this was a step back.

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