Feeds

No public Longhorn preview, says MS – developers only

And they have to ask for it first

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

The leak of the special Longhorn build designed for Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) this week may turn out to have a lot more rarity value than expected. According to Microsoft, this build will not be widely available after all.

The PDC build, 4051, is part of a DVD package, which also includes the Longhorn SDK and Whidbey, handed out this week. Some have been expecting Microsoft to cater for developers who're not attending PDC by including it in the December MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network) update, and it's also been rumoured that it will be made available to the wider public for a small fee in November. This latter would have been unprecedented, because 4051 is an alpha version, and beta 1 of Longhorn, Microsoft's Jim Allchin indicated this week, won't be out until next summer.

But Microsoft will not be strewing copies of 4051 to all and sundry after all. According to a spokesman: "The PDC bits of Longhorn, Whidbey and Yukon are not available via download, and will not be broadly distributed to MSDN subscribers. The bits are available to MSDN subscribers only upon request, at no charge and will be shipped to them."

This seems to be news to at least some MSDN subscribers, as recent posters in MSDN discussion groups appear to be under the impression that it will be in the December drop. But here's the official notice - you need to call MSDN customer service and get them to ship it.

From what we can see this effectively knocks any notion of widespread distribution of 4051 on the head. It's a special build anyway, a fork in the Longhorn pre-beta code, so it's probably already out of date, and it isn't going to get any fresher. Subscribers asking Microsoft to ship it now will probably get it while it's still something more than a curiosity, although we'd expect it to take a little longer for the package to get to non-US subscribers.

And the rest of you? It certainly looks like there's no special Longhorn preview edition for you, and that it's back to business as usual with the leaks. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup
Would you leave your well-paid job to chase your dream?
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.