“Some way off in the future lies a generation of technology that Microsoft promises will change the lives of every computer user. Codenamed Longhorn, it involves a complete revamp of the company’s two core product lines – the Windows operating system and Office productivity suite. It promises to bring greater ease, reliability and security. In short, it will be ‘the next quantum leap in computing, which will put us years ahead of any other product on the market,’ wrote Ballmer [in an email to Microsoft employees],” reports Richard Waters for The Financial Times.
“When that day will come, however, noone is saying. In an interview, the Microsoft CEO would only say that ‘Longhorn will come when we think it’s really ready.’ Some industry analysts have pencilled in 2005, but the company is not prepared to endorse that view,” Waters reports. Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Pshaw. “Years ahead of any other product on the market?” Oh, really? Mac OS X Jaguar is here today. Panther will be previewed on June 23rd and debut, at the latest, in autumn of this year, not 2005. God knows what Apple will have on the market by the time Longhorn debuts. In his email, Ballmer acts as if Apple and Mac OS X do not even exist, displaying a supremely skewed arrogance born of unfettered, government-approved monopoloy power. Here’s hoping that history deals with pompous behemoths wearing blinders the way history always has, by cutting them down to size post-haste.