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A First Look at Longhorn
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Internet Explorer

Longhorn ships with Internet Explorer 6.05, a slightly newer version than the one shipped with Windows XP.

The toolbar of IE has been rearranged. Other than that, nothing much seems to change (see Figure 6).

Figure 6
Figure 6. The slightly new IE in Longhorn.

Disappointingly IE still doesn't support tab-browsing, at least in the current version. However, it does come with popup window management, which allows you to block popup windows, the same as will ship with SP-2 (see Figure 7).

Figure 7
Figure 7. IE supports blocking popups.

Sync Manager

One new application in Longhorn is the Sync Manager (located in Control Panel).Using the Sync Manager you can synchronize the contents of designated folders with a backup device (see Figure 8).

Figure 8
Figure 8. The Sync Manager.

Figure 9 shows configuring the folders on my desktop to synchronize with my thumb drive.

Figure 9
Figure 9. Synchronizing the folders with my thumb drive.

This feature is useful for people using multiple desktops (such as in the office and at home). Using a thumb drive (or portable hard disk), you can now synchronize your work with all your machines.

Outlook Express

Outlook Express is upgraded in Longhorn to version 7 (see Figure 10).

Figure 10
Figure 10. Outlook Express 7 in Longhorn.

Outlook Express 7 in this version of Longhorn only supports POP and IMAP (see Figure 11), and so Hotmail users will be disappointed. Considering that Outlook Express in the current version of XP supports Hotmail as well as HTTP mail, one would hope that support will be built into the final version of Longhorn as well, but we'll have to wait and see.

Figure 11
Figure 11. Outlook supports POP and IMAP in pre-beta.

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