Dramatic changes are in store for users of Microsoft’s “Longhorn” version of Windows slated for 2005 release writes Reed Stevenson for Reuters.

According to Stevenson, “Recent demonstrations by Microsoft hint the software maker is aiming to make Windows behave more like, well, Windows. The individual windows in Longhorn will be semi-translucent, making it possible to discern the contents of one window hidden behind another. The trick is in the degree of opacity — completely transparent windows atop one another would turn information into a jumble of letters and graphics, while more opaque ones might defeat their own purpose.”

“The operating system’s windows would ripple when moved and shrink or expand their content automatically, effects that require a significant amount of graphics power, the kind usually reserved for high-action 3D games. What this means is that the new software will most likely require new hardware or upgrades to work well,” Stevenson reports. Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Translucent windows that ripple and shrink? Wow! And all by 2005?! Amazing, innovative and simply awe-inspiriing. Will Redmond ever cease their tremendously rapid pace and unique brand of “innovation?” Let’s see… the Wizards of Redmond came up with “Luna” after Apple showed them “Aqua,” so perhaps this time Gates will rename the “Genie Effect,” the “Eden Effect” and hire Barbara Eden to market this “innovation” to the world? Good thing the DOJ didn’t hinder Microsoft’s ability to “innovate,” huh?

As for Stevenson’s comment above, “the software maker is aiming to make Windows behave more like, well, Windows,” we think Stevenson meant “windows” with a lower-case “w.” Obviously, Stevenson missed the real story, that as usual, “the software maker is aiming to make Windows behave more like, well, Macintosh.”