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Microsoft makes its Longhorn pitch

At its Professional Developers Conference, the company offers a long-awaited look at the Longhorn OS--which Chairman Bill Gates has described as Microsoft's biggest effort since Windows 95.

At its Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles, Microsoft offers a long-awaited look at Longhorn, the next version of the Windows operating system--which Chairman Bill Gates has described as the company's biggest effort since Windows 95.


Microsoft's chairman takes the stage to show off features of the Longhorn operating system, with the desktop getting the most attention.
October 27, 2003


Microsoft Group Vice President Jim Allchin talks--a little--about Windows beta releases and touts the next version of the company's tablet PC software.
October 27, 2003


Company executives give developers a peek at the next major edition of Windows and other forthcoming products in a push to spur interest in the operating system.
October 27, 2003

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One of the most significant enhancements to Longhorn is a data storage system called WinFS, technology designed to make information easier to find and view.
October 14, 2003


Details about a graphics and user interface technology, a database update and a new Web services development framework are expected to be the highlights of Microsoft's professional developers conference.
September 29, 2003


Microsoft expects to release a "developers preview" of its new operating system, code-named Longhorn, at its developers conference in Los Angeles.
August 25, 2003


Microsoft hopes to turn up the heat on its Java rivals with plans for new software that could simplify the creation of heavy-duty Web services applications.
August 7, 2003