Windows czar Allchin says Apple copying Microsoft’s Windows Longhorn

Microsoft’s group vice president for platforms, Jim Allchin, the top executive responsible for Longhorn has participated in an interview with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s Todd Bishop. Allchin talked about Apple in a portion of the interview:

Q: What do you say when Apple says it’s offering features in its new Tiger operating system that you won’t have until next year in Longhorn?

Allchin: I think Apple is a very innovative company, first comment. I think they do a lot of good stuff. I do believe they became fixated on Longhorn after we did the PDC (an October 2003 conference where Microsoft initially showed Longhorn capabilities, including fast file searching).

It’s actually fairly nice to see, because in this particular case I think they saw something that we were doing that was pretty cool. I think Steve (Jobs, Apple’s CEO) would also say this thing about fast user switching, when he saw that in Windows XP, he said, ahh, that was pretty nice, and they ended up adding that. They did it in a nicer visual way than what we did but we put the concept in there first. I think Tiger is a very nice system, and I think what they’re doing is very nice integrated search, and that’s pretty much what we had shown at the PDC in 2003.

We’ve learned a little bit more that you have to slice and dice the data, and seeing visualizations of the data is really important. But frankly it’s only one little piece of what’s in Longhorn. … We didn’t show any of the security stuff, the safety stuff … There is a question of how much we should show, so that they can try to copy again.

Q: Is that a concern?

Allchin: Oh, a little bit, a little bit.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The pressure has obviously gotten to Allchin; he’s lost it. Microsoft is like floundering and gasping like a fish out of water. This is fun! grin

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55 Comments

  1. Note we have new rhetoric here — the insinuation that there’s stuff in Longhorn that’s so great, it hasn’t been released to the public because they’re afraid Apple would copy it.

    Microsoft is now fighting about the most aggressive vaporware campaign I’ve ever seen.

  2. “Tiger is a very nice system, and I think what they’re doing is very nice integrated search, and that’s pretty much what we had shown at the PDC in 2003.”

    so you mean to tell us, they saw the idea for spotlight from you in 2003, then fully developed it in a year to have it ready for Tiger? and it’s going on 3 yrs and still no Longhorn???

    c’mon man….

  3. ROFLMAO!!

    So, Apple starting behind MS, copied Longhorn features and put them in Tiger – upto 18 months before MS!!!!!!!!!

    I’m impressed!!! Those guys at Apple really know how to cut code quick!

    You can’t win Allchin. If they copied you, you should be ashamed that you had the headstart and they still beat you my so much. But if Apple didn’t copy, then they’re the innovators, and the ones you’re copying.

    Is that why the Longhorn date keeps slipping? Everytime you’ve nearly got it ready, Apple release an OS X update that puts you a generation behind, so you have to go back and code in all the new stuff from Apple. But then when you’re nearly there again, Apple skips ahead again. And so it goes.

    We’ll never see Longhorn! And OS X is starting to get two generations ahead of Longhorn.

  4. Well at least he’s gracious. Which is more than can be said for most of the goons on this site.

    Also, he’s partially right about user-switching. XP did it before MacOS. Of course, they didn’t think of it — it’s been part of *nix and others forever.

  5. I must give M$ credit for the fast user switching–though Apple made it _much_ nicer.

    As for spotlight, look here: Tiger ships in 2 days with the search features. Longwait ships in 18 months, possibly with search features. Now regardless of who planted what idea first, Apple’s clearly to market waaaay in advance of M$, so Allchin’s spreading FUD about that!

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