PC Magazine: Microsoft ‘Longhorn’ preview shows ‘an Apple look’

“The first day of WinHEC 2004 (the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference) in Seattle had, as expected, a major track on Longhorn. It focused on the new user interface and what Microsoft is planning for its next-generation operating system,” Richard Fisco writes for PC Magazine in his article, “Longhorn Tastes the Apple.”

“Demonstrations of the new GUI showed it to be much more animated than Windows XP. 3D effects, animations of icons, and test boxes that can vary from transparent to opaque will all make for a livelier user interface,” Fisco reports. “Microsoft’s demonstrations were interesting and somehow familiar. After looking at some images and icons that grew bigger or flipped when chosen, I couldn’t help but think of the dock on Apple’s OS X. There’s more to Longhorn, of course, than just that dock. Microsoft is looking to have applications add useful, related information in bars alongside open documents, like upcoming appointments and related cases if you’re in a law program, or favorite-show information if you’re in a TV search tool. Overall, though, Longhorn still had an Apple look to it. I suppose imitation is a form of flattery, after all. It’ll be years before Longhorn launches, but it should be fun to watch it develop.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We expected nothing less from Microsoft. Same old, same old. Moo.


  1. MDN, I couldn’t have put it better myself.

    The word ‘Bloatware’ springs to mind. I can’t wait to see Longhorn, cause it’ll never happen.

  2. M$ has been copying Apple’s OS for years – no surprise. I’m sure half the stuff they want to add to Wronghorn will be dropped just to meet the 2006 release date. By then we’ll have 10.4 Tiger, 10.5 ? and anticipating XI?

  3. If only Apple would let more of the world know about their awesome OS, then maybe it would help people see even more how much of a copycat MS is. MS could not come up with an original design of anything if it hit them in the head.

  4. LongShot requires 4-6 GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM, 1 Terabyte of HDD!! This is absurd!!! We use to be able to do word processing and office documents with just 25 MHz chip,64 K RAM and 20 MB HDD!!! Why would anyone waste this kind of hardware resource on doing just daily office work? Typical M$ mentality and sadly, the IT herd will follow!!!

  5. By the time LongShot hits the Windoze world – Tiger will have been replaced twice. Whatever LongShot looks like – it still won’t be stable and secure.

  6. I’d like to introduce a new word to the English language…

    to ‘Imivate’

    as in: Microsoft’s core philosophy is imivation, imivation, imivation.

  7. The vast majority of people don’t know or care about the OS, they just care about cheap/compatible/easily available hardware. In fact the average ignorant consumer doesn’t even know they’re using Windows. The fact that Windows 3.1 had 80% market share says it all about whether the OS matters.

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