I guess pretty much everyone interested in Longhorn and Blackcomb has seen this video at one point or another. It has often been falsely labelled als "Blackcomb", even though it is a MSN-windows-integration prototype.
The old WinSuperSite tells us:
https://web.archive.org/web/20100228055 ... review.asp[...] it's not Blackcomb [...]. Instead, it's just a prototype version of MSN running on a prototype Windows build, and Guggenheimer's demo was used solely to show how future Windows versions will supply more hooks into the UI so that other products can integrate themselves where appropriate. MSN clearly has plans to do this, though MSN 8--the MSN version due in late 2002--will just take some baby steps that work on today's Windows.
Now the questions I have about this which I was not able to find answers to. Maybe someone here knows.
- Was this really a prototype build of MSN and Windows, meaning, like real code compiled to real .exe-files? Or just some Macromedia-Flash-demos?
- If so, what was this based on? Was it a modified version of XP? Or an early Longhorn alpha with some GUI modifications?
- If so, what version of MSN (I guess explorer?) was this based on?
- Was anything of this leaked?
- Is there a full video of this that I am not aware of, not cut in a way that it could be interpreted as if it's about something that is not merely an MSN-explorer-like demo?
- Are there more screenshots or even higher-res videos of this?