Longhorn Coming Attractions - Part 1
Time to Rethink the System Clock
Longhorn ships with a new version of the system clock. When you click on it, an enlarged version displays (see Figure 5).
You can further modify the clock settings by right-clicking it on the sidebar and selecting the "Clock Tile Properties" option. For instance, you can choose the appearance of the clock from a list of provided faces (see Figure 6).
Figure 6: Clock Faces
You can set an alarm by selecting the Alarm tab from the properties dialog shown in Figure 6. You can choose any time between 12.00 a.m. and 6.00 a.m. as well as the song you want played at that specified time (see Figure 7).
Figure 7: Alarm Settings
It also offers an option for entering a message. If you are eager to check it out, modify your system clock (as I did) and then play with the alarm.
Dialogs Get a Facelift
Longhorn dialog boxes come with new faces. For instance, Figure 8 shows a typical Save As dialog.
Figure 8: Dialog Window
Note: The "Make a new folder" option on the dialog shown in Figure 8 doesn't work in this build of Longhorn.
You probably noticed the option for e-mailing and printing a file directly from the dialog box. Longhorn e-mails the selected file to the recipient as an attachment (see Figure 9).
Figure 9: Preparing to E-mail the File
More to Come
As you have seen, even in its nascent stages, Longhorn offers interesting new features. As its development progresses, Microsoft will add more cool enhancements to the product.
Stay tuned for the next article in this series.
About the Author
Anand Narayanaswamy (Microsoft MVP) works as an independent consultant and runs NetAns Technologies (http://www.netans.com), which provides affordable Web hosting services. Anand also runs LearnXpress.com (http://www.learnXpress.com) and DotNetAlbum.com (http://www.dotnetalbum.com). He regularly contributes articles, and product and book reviews for various Web sites. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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