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. Oh! BTW!

    Allchin says, “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.”

    That is so frickin’ hilarious! Allchin has simply got to have a brain tumor that allows him to view alternate universes ’cause he ain’t livin’ in this one. That’s for damn sure!

  2. PC Apologist:
    “and got to market first”

    Whaaaaat? Win95 was first close aproxomation of Mac GUI and functionality (Win3.x didn’t have a desktop metaphor). So how did they get what to market first? MacOS 7 v. Win95.

  3. Fast User Switching copied?

    I hardly think so….

    In Winblows, a user can go to the Start menu and log off, and another user can log on.
    In OSX, the user remains logged on, another user can log on, but the big difference is that both users can remain logged on. You can seemlessly switch between users, and it happens in a much more abrievated time line. Hence the name “fast user switching”

    The biggest advantage on the server level is Terminal Services, or more importantly Citrix MetaFrame. This multiuser environment would be really cool on 10.x. It would reduce the deployment of enterprise apps and would work in a hetrogeneous network.

  4. Things dont look good for MS, Apple is making good headway, some marketing of the computers would help though. But lets not forget LInux, the up and comer, its not as polished as OSX but the repackagers are hard at work trying to unseat XP, check out Novell’s 10 system. I was impressed for a Linux desktop. I wont leave Apple, but its worth paying attention to the other underdog.
    Hopefully Apple is hard at work on the next version of iWork cause we need more features in Pages and a spreadsheet program to put shame to Office.

  5. Agree. One would have to be seriously lame brained to believe that MS are hiding all the great new security features in Longhorn to stop Apple from stealing that particular concept. But then it was only a few months ago that Billy boy claimed that windows security problems were the fault of everyone elses’s OS rather than his own so what can one seriously expect from this tawdry bunch. As we all know from this forum amongst others there are still some brain dead fellow travellers out there who still lap all this party nonsense up.

  6. “In Winblows, a user can go to the Start menu and log off, and another user can log on.
    In OSX, the user remains logged on, another user can log on, but the big difference is that both users can remain logged on. You can seemlessly switch between users, and it happens in a much more abrievated time line. Hence the name ‘fast user switching’ “

    Actually, a Windws patcher goes to the start menu, clicks ‘log off’. They get a dialog that has the options ‘log off’ and ‘switch user’. They click ‘switch user’ and get the log in screen (with their current user still active). Then, they can click the user they want and use that account. Both with Win XP and OS X Panther can have multiple users logged in, it’s just that in OS X, the user can select the name in the top right corner, select the user they want to switch to and go. – a much faster process.

  7. WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP!

    THIS GUY HAS BEEN DRINKING THE M$ COOLADE FOR TOO LONG!

    If I was him I would sack the OS programmers because with all M$’s billions they still cant create anything usable or diferent.

    Regarding Apple copying M$… ABSOLUTE BULLSHIT!

    My message to all M$ employees is forget Longhorn and get a mac!

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