“Microsoft Corp.’s ambitious plan to keep data safe on PCs will make a scaled-down debut in the next release of Windows, though the operating system’s most anticipated improvements in graphics appear to mirror what’s now available from rival Apple Computer Inc.,” Elizabeth Gillespie writes for Canadian Press. “The long-delayed Windows upgrade, code-named Longhorn and now expected in December 2006, has been touted as the most significant update to the ubiquitous operating since Windows 95 launched in 1995.”

MacDailyNews Take: “The most significant update since Windows 95.” It seems that they’ll keep trotting that line out until the cow comes home at least.

Gillespie continues, “The bulk of Gates’ speech covered Longhorn’s flashier visual and organizational features – which Apple CEO Steve Jobs described last week as ‘shamelessly’ copying his company’s Mac OS X operating system. ‘They can’t even copy fast,’ Jobs said at his company’s shareholder meeting. Indeed, many of the features that Gates demonstrated Monday – including shadowed, translucent windows as well as fancy, stutter-free animations – have been a part of the Mac OS since it was released in March 2001.”

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