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Office 2003 and Longhorn

  1. May 4, 2003 #1
    Some people said they had downloaded the beta version and tried it out,

    due to my modem is slow, i can't download them.

    Anyone had tried them? How good are they?
     
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  3. May 4, 2003 #2
    I have the Office 2003 beta, which is awesome I might add (you can dump any document into XML format). I doubt Longhorn (code name) is even close to beta status.

    btw, most of the screenshots on the web of longhorn are fakes.
     
  4. May 4, 2003 #3

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    Is there a place I can download Office 2003 beta?
     
  5. May 4, 2003 #4
    No, I went to an all day microsoft seminar/worksoft last week and they gave us a bunch of software to try out (including Server 2003 :smile:).
     
  6. May 7, 2003 #5
    My friend has the beta, and says that there isnt much of a change from xp YET!, the toolbars and startmenu are similar at this stage but this is only an alpha so lets hope it is good.
     
  7. May 8, 2003 #6
    which is it?
     
  8. May 21, 2003 #7
    my friend managed to download LongHorn XP Build 4015.main.030328-1500 , from Kazaa.
     
  9. May 21, 2003 #8
    I would like to see this longhorn, as long as it's radically different. Which I'm sure it isn't.

    I want a radical change in OS. Things I hate:

    1. desktop icons (I removed mine)
    2. start menu (such BS it's so last century)
    3. bottom bar on windows (blah)
    4. it's just all so old style, the OS world needs to be revolutionized.

    In the past I created the pictorial version of a very advanced GUI. Not the code just the design. So much more sensical I thought.

    People don't like radical change though, so, it' dbe a risk for MS.
     
  10. May 21, 2003 #9

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    Uh..how would u do anything without a toolbar or icons? *confuzzled*..Would you have some sort of new fancy menu? Or like a jazzed up command prompt?
     
  11. May 21, 2003 #10
    Dav - I've had various planned out changes.

    No command prompt surely. Well, I don't have icons on my compute rnow anyways.

    I use the symbols across the toolbar. never use the start button at all.

    It's kind of complicated, I mapped out the basics of the navigation of windows.

    And then determined what people click from the desktop alone etc...

    It's complicated - but basically, are you familiar with HUDs in video games?

    They're basically the "desktop" when your in the game that shows your health and ammo etc..

    Usually they use certain information all around the edges, corners and sides as well.

    Generally, it's a thin wire-like template (although changable) around the edges.

    And, (especially since monitors are getting large) "windows" and other things go into the main square (the GUi on the rims is thin, like the toolbar).

    So, there are toolbar like things on the desktop. But they just apporiate more under the idea that you need less clicks to get to MORe things that normally you would either have to go through the start menu, or go into "my computer" and find things in folders.

    that's most of the idea, but that was like 3 years ago, it was just an idea i drew up in more detail.
     
  12. May 21, 2003 #11
    Don't forget it was something that, 3 years ago, would still push computers to the max today.

    So it had alot of voice managments, and would potentially also speak to you, so certain info would be said instead of read. Such as the time perhaps, or other basic values like "do i have mail" etc...

    You know, you strucka chord

    I always liked designing GUI's and video games and things. But now that I'm olrder (23) i don't do "purposeless (there's the word in question!)" stuff anymore.

    I wish someone special (bill are you there?!?!?) would at least check it out.

    Cuzz i don't have time in my life to waste with useless stuff. Ugh, oh well.
     
  13. May 22, 2003 #12
    You can do the "rim the monitor with toolsbars" now. Just create a bunch of toolbars (right click the taskbar > toolbars) and dock them on the sides of the monitor. If you prefer, you can hide the taskbar and replace it with a toolbar as well.

    Get Dragon Naturally Speaking, and alot of voice commands will be avaliable to you as well, perhaps not as advanced as you envision, however.
     
  14. May 22, 2003 #13
    COnsidering - Nice info. Actually, as my OS is designed, it gets the user to use alot of voice commmands. The screen (and remember the screen is plasma shape not square shape) normally has bars on the sides, but you can put them wherever you want.

    Also, the bars disappear if you'd like and vocals can completely take over.

    Aside from processing speed, one should be able to do on their computer what they want, as fast as possible. Open a progeam as fast, get to a website as fast...

    Vocal commands are certainly the in thing on this GUI.
     
  15. May 22, 2003 #14
    If voice is the major addition, look at the aformentioned Dragon software: http://www.scansoft.com/naturallyspeaking/. I've heard it is pretty powerful...

    It should help tide you over until the technology you have envisioned becomes avaliable :smile:
     
  16. May 22, 2003 #15
    It will type what I say, but what I would more so want would be something that would open applications and surf the web through it.

    That's a bit more advanced.
     
  17. May 22, 2003 #16
    What I'm saying is that it can be programmed to do exactly that...to open applications when you speak a certain phrase. Dunno about the web surfing, I'm sure it can handle it in some capacity.

    Don't they also have software for blind people that works the same way? Reads screen choices to them and then goes where they tell it? Hmmm...

    I used a very old voice program from waaaaay back...when CD-ROMs were at 3 and 4x speeds. From creative, and it would open programs, move the cursor up and down, etc. Pretty neat stuff...
     
  18. May 22, 2003 #17
    Oh I didn't see where it said that. It talked about the typing. then I will try it for sure!!!
     
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  20. May 24, 2003 #19
    my friend installed longhorn, he said it is unstable, application can be shutdown for no apparent reason.

    lousy, i won't try it!
     
  21. May 24, 2003 #20
    ummm... it's in early beta, what do you expect?
     
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