It has been quite a while since I heard anything about Longhorn - Microsoft's next generation of Windows, the successor to Windows XP. After the PDC and WinHEC preview builds, the hype seems to have died down. The release schedule for this supposed-to-be killer OS has also been slipping continuously.
Maybe they shouldn't have codename it 'Longhorn'. *Not good fung-sui*. *Hehe* Anyway, I caught this interesting article: The Road to Windows "Longhorn" 2005. Hopefully, Microsoft will deliver it on schedule and with all the kick @$$ features as promised.
And if you want to skin your Windows XP to look 'something-like' Longhorn, try downloading Longhorn Transformation Pack 9.0. It is a wild tool that changes your Windows XP shell to look a little bit like Longhorn's UI. But you got to becareful as it messes around with some of your Windows system files. So it is not recommended for the faint-hearted. *Hehe*
To be more kiasu, you can also download DesktopSidebar, an application that mimics the sidebar that Longhorn provides. I personally find that this Sidebar application is better than the one that comes with the transformation pack.
Anyway, here's how my desktop looks like with all the enhancements.
I'm using the Aero Interface with Slate theme. Here's my friend's (Atkins) desktop using the M3 Interface and Plex theme.
Here's the Welcome screen *Ma Favourite*.
Well, be warned though; all these skinning doesn't come for free. For one, it will suck up lots of your computer memory (just like Longhorn). Anyway, it is a good eye-candy - should be able to keep me excited for a few months as I'm already getting bored with the default Windows XP themes.