Bill Gates: Microsoft ‘working hard’ on Longhorn – ‘won’t be a radical shift’ just ‘an improvement’

“Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said current Internet search-engine technology is ‘a joke,’ and promised better features in two to three years. But the head of the software giant, in an event on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum here late Friday, acknowledged that Microsoft had stumbled in its own search-engine efforts. He said the company had been ‘stupid as hell’ to let Google take the lead in the search market,” Peter Loftus and Taska Manzaroli report for Dow Jones Newswires.

“Separately, Gates said Microsoft was ‘certainly working hard’ to release a new computer operating system, dubbed Longhorn, in 2006. ‘It won’t be a radical shift, but it will be clearly an improvement on Windows,’ the ubiquitous operating system, Gates said,” Loftus and Manzaroli report.

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MacDailyNews Take: Of course, Gates doesn’t mention Apple’s Spotlight search technology slated for release “in the first half” of this year. With “Longhorn” long overdue, stripped-down, and now being described by Gates as not “a radical shift, but clearly an improvement on Windows,” Apple is sitting very pretty with their current Mac OS X 10.3.7 “Panther” (heck, they were sitting pretty with Mac OS X 10.2 “Jaguar”) and will soon be in an even better position with Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger.” Apple leads, Wintel follows, as usual. Find out more about Apple’s soon-to-be-released Mac OS X “Tiger” here.

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Apple CEO Steve Jobs: Mac OS X ‘Tiger’ will ship ‘long before Longhorn’ – January 11, 2005
Thurrott: Apple copying Microsoft’s Longhorn search features with Mac OS X ‘Spotlight’ – December 15, 2004
Microsoft’s Longhorn fantasy vs. Apple’s Mac OS X reality – September 14, 2004
Is Microsoft’s stripped-down ‘Longhorn’ worth waiting for? – September 10, 2004
Microsoft to gut ‘Longhorn’ in attempt to ship in 2006; Avalon faces knife – August 27, 2004
Analyst: Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger ‘going to have quite a lead on Longhorn’ in search technology – July 02, 2004
PC Magazine: Microsoft ‘Longhorn’ preview shows ‘an Apple look’ – May 06, 2004


  1. longhorn!? yoo hoo, longhorn! where are you? probably hiding in shame from tiger – or even panther. really any OS X version. just another reason to switch i guess. seems like m$ is spending more time in cutting features than in dev.

  2. The revolution is over. Bill knows he lost, though he’ll never admit it publicly. As with most revolutions, the triggering change occurs well before the mass shift which signifies change. But the change is inevitable…

    Move along…

  3. Kip is singing to Lafawnduh after they are pronounced husband and wife
    Kip: Why do you love me? Why do you need me? Always and forever… We met in a chatroom, now our love can fully bloom… Sure the world wide web is great, but you, you make my salivate… I love technology, but not as much as you, you see… But I STILL love technology… Always and forever. Our love is like a flock of doves, flying up to heaven above… always and forever, always and forever… Why do you need me? Why do you love me? Always and forever…

  4. Microsoft can’t get a break, can they? – Not that I really care.

    Between their current position in the Digital Music arena and rumors of Apple and the (currently) unrealized potential of the Mac mini, I have to wonder if Billy G is scared.

    Longwait….crushed by Tiger.

    If the rumors about Apple in Video services is true…

    not to mention ‘Apple + Sony’ (who knows)…

    We could expect:
    Portable Media Centers…killed by iPod AV (Creative declares war yet again)

    Media Center PC’s…killed by the one-two Combo of Apple and Sony set-top boxes

    As well as VOD (Video-on-Demand) services provided by Apple (a QuickTime Movie Store, if you will).

    The golden (more like sh*t-brown) age of Windows is about to hit the fan.

    Pun intended.

  5. YES! thanks macnut….

    I never liked any of the “i” names people had for an apple movie store. QuickTime Movie Store sounds great to me….and it makes sense, Quicktime plays the movies anyways, why add another app? Just put a browser/store in quicktime ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  6. idiots. Really. It amazes me….no…it really doesn’t….It is kind of depressing when you realize how stupid people really are.
    When Longhorn is finally released, the PC world will jump for joy…not realizing that it is just a quick fix…and probably be less secure than NT..if that’s even possible.

  7. Well, we know what isn’t shipping in Longhorn.

    No WinFS
    The Indigo communications sub-system heavily pruned.
    The Avalon graphics sub-system pruned from the original lofty claims.

    So, out of [B]FOUR[/B] key areas of “improvement”, the only one that is likely to really make it out of the gate is the so-called “Fundamentals” pillar comprising of really user-focussed stuff like core power management, driver management, application installation/deployment and digital rights management.

    Windows XP shipped in 2001, so the net improvement of [B]FIVE[/B] years development effort for what will ultimately be Windows XP 2.00 will be the ability to wake from sleep, the ability to not have your drivers create a BSOD, some new doohickeys to help you click Setup.exe, and some stuff that helps MS out in its relationships with the entertainment industry.

    Well, I’m sold…

    Magic word is “Alone”. You may use this word in the following sentence: “If you use Windows, you’re never [B]alone[/B] in the pain and suffering that you have to endure every moment of your miserable life.”

  8. I would be shocked if Longhorn comes anywhere near Jaguar… Tiger will easily put it to shame… plus who knows what else Apple has planned in the time between Tiger and the release of Longhorn.

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