2004-09-01 Microsoft to create Xbox-PC joint code base

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2005-11-22 Xbox 360 Xbox 2 is also known as Xenon and said to be named Xbox 360. Said to use ATI R500 derivative graphics and a IBM 64-bit PowerPC 976 processor with three cores on one chip. Both processor and graphics chip work in big-endian mode. Xbox Next and Xbox Next HD shows up in second half of 2005 while Xbox Next PC (a fully fledged PC) shows in autumn 2006. Launched in a special MTV-show in May -05 and shipped in November this year. Previously known as Xbox 2.

2007-01-XX Microsoft Windows Vista (Longhorn) Successor to XP. Supposed to introduce a much simplified user interface API called Avalon, that will be at the core of Longhorn's new "inductive" interface, likely to build heavily on XML.
Also includes a new service: WinFS (Windows Future Storage), running on top of NTFS (or FAT32?). WinFS was earlier rumoured to be a filesystem.
Longhorn may or may not be released as server version. Said to include support for DirectX Shader Model 4.0.
The latest info indicates that WinFS and Avalon will been jettisoned from Longhorn for it to be ready for launch in 2006. The dropped features will then be queued for possible future introduction.
One rumour earlier claimed that it would be named 'Microsoft Windows e-XPedition'.

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