Longhorn Aero UI won't debut until PDC 2005

WinInfo | at | by Mike

Although attendees of the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) 2005 in April will be the lucky recipients of the first public Longhorn build in the 5xxx series, we'll have to wait until this fall before we see the debut of Longhorn's futuristic Aero UI. In an otherwise innocuous blog posting this week, Longhorn evangelist Robert Scoble suggested that the software giant will include Aero, along with a few other surprises, in the prerelease Longhorn build that the company will hand out at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in September. It must have been a long year for Scoble. Microsoft last shipped a public prerelease Longhorn build almost a year ago and has been quietly retuning the product while it concentrated on such things as Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows Server 2003 SP1. With those products completed--Windows 2003 SP1 will be finalized within 10 days--the company is finally starting to take on Longhorn full force. It's time to take Scoble out of hibernation.