Sunday, October 26, 2003
Updated: Longhorn PDC Build 4051 Leaked
The moment nearly every Windows enthusiast has been waiting for has all but nearly arrived. Windows Code-Named Longhorn 4051 has leaked onto the internet. As Paul Thurrott correctly confirmed late last evening. The select few who have been able to get hold of the build are currently working to install it. No doubt we'll see it half way round the internet within 12 hours or so.

6.0.4051.0 (idx02.031001-1340) is the build stamp. For all those who can't wait for people to install it and screenshot the hell out of it I've included a little taste at what is to come. As usual we'll keep you well up to date on all that's going on with this build as we get it

UPDATE: WiNBETA has leaked Longhorn PDC 4051. A blow to all customers expecting to have a first look @ Longhorn on Sunday/Monday.
Source: News Source: NeoWin

Friday, October 24, 2003
MSN Messenger 6.1 Final Released:
After much anticipation Microsoft has finally released version 6.1 of their popular IM client.

MSN Messenger is an instant messaging program that lets you send instant messages with cool emoticons, send pictures and other files to your friends, call a phone anywhere in the world from your computer, see when someone is typing a message to you, page a contact's mobile phone, and much more.

Download: MSN Messenger 6.1.0155 Final

News Source: NeoWin

Microsoft Must Steer 'Longhorn' in New Direction:
There's a love-in coming to California next week, but it won't be grooving along in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district. Instead, it'll be headquartered in a boxy convention center in downtown Los Angeles. The event will be Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference, where thousands of programmers who create Windows applications and drivers will schmooze, share tips and learn what changes the software company is planning for its next major Windows operating system release. That, of course, will be "Longhorn," which will ship sometime in 2005 or 2006.

Attendees are expecting to receive a CD-ROM containing an early, prebeta release of the graphical operating system, plus previews of new SQL Server and Visual Studio technology and other stuff. But love is a complex emotion, and there are signs that the ties that bind Microsoft and its developer community are undergoing strain. Even developers who are 100 percent committed to the Microsoft platform are complaining that its inherent weaknesses are killing them—and the enterprises that use the applications the developers create

News source: eWeek

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