New Windows version, code-named Longhorn

Microsoft Corp will drop a much-touted new technology for organizing and storing data when it releases the next version of its Windows operating system as expected in 2006.

Tom Button, Corporate Vice President for Windows product management, said the company hopes to release the new Windows version, code-named Longhorn, in the second half of 2006, about five years after the release of the current version, Windows XP.

With Longhorn, Button said Microsoft plans to improve the way people find things like e-mails, photos and documents. But in formally announcing the release date, the company said it would not be ready to include an even more advanced system for sorting, storing and finding data, informs Indian Express.

According to the Xinhua, Microsoft says 'Longhorn' will provide important advances in performance, security and reliability, and will help accelerate the creation of exciting new applications by developers across the industry.

To get Longhorn shipped on time, Microsoft had to sacrifice a key component of the system, called WinFS.

The new file system aimed at making it easier for users to find information stored on hard drives, will be shipped later, with a test, or beta version, of WinFS being shipped with Longhorn in 2006. Read earlier news stories by PRAVDA.Ru

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