With the next version of Windows, Microsoft is looking to add a number of
laptop-specific features designed to make portable machines both more powerful
and at the same time as easy to use as consumer devices such as portable DVD
players. Microsoft is looking at the possibility of a separate user interface
that could be instantly accessed for playing back movies, music and other media
files. The company is even exploring ways that media files could be accessed
without logging into Windows as a way to make the experience more comparable to
consumer electronic devices.

Microsoft wants to make it much easier for laptops to connect to any external
monitors that happen to be available. Microsoft also wants to allow hardware
makers to include smaller displays on the outside of a laptop that could
potentially display things such as calendar information, battery and network
status without opening the lid. Microsoft is also considering setting up a
"mobility center" within the Longhorn OS that would be a centralized place to
adjust settings, such as power management, display and networking. The mobility
center concept is roughly similar to a "security center" that Microsoft is
adding with Windows XP Service Pack 2.

With the next version of Windows, Microsoft is looking to add a number of
laptop-specific features designed to make portable machines both more powerful
and at the same time as easy to use as consumer devices such as portable DVD
players. Microsoft is looking at the possibility of a separate user interface
that could be instantly accessed for playing back movies, music and other media
files. The company is even exploring ways that media files could be accessed
without logging into Windows as a way to make the experience more comparable to
consumer electronic devices.

Microsoft wants to make it much easier for laptops to connect to any external
monitors that happen to be available. Microsoft also wants to allow hardware
makers to include smaller displays on the outside of a laptop that could
potentially display things such as calendar information, battery and network
status without opening the lid. Microsoft is also considering setting up a
"mobility center" within the Longhorn OS that would be a centralized place to
adjust settings, such as power management, display and networking. The mobility
center concept is roughly similar to a "security center" that Microsoft is
adding with Windows XP Service Pack 2.