Monday, July 11, 2005

What's Goin On With M$ Winblows Now-A-Days?

sexy billI usually could care less about the developments of Micro$oft. However there are usually a wealth of entertaining stories about Bill Gates' new shady monopolizing tactics of the week, or anti-trust settlements he's paying off. With all the legal issues its pretty easy for Micro$oft technology to get pushed to the wayside. One of these technologies is their next generation OS codenamed: Longhorn, which was suppost to be released in 2001, then again in 2003, now set for release in 2006. With gobs of "brand new features & a new file system" that were already developed and working in either Mac OS or Linux. This comes as a surprise after Mr. Gates' remark that Linux users are communists (then sometime later expressing interest in buying Red Hat). Along with the OS release will be the release of Internet Explorer 7 which will include more "brand new features" such as Tabbed Browsing and Integrated RSS *rolls eyes*.

Anyways, the word on the street is that public beta testing is suppost to be underway by the end of the year. Internal beta testing is already under way within company walls, which now is minus at least 1 employee than they had a couple days ago. This brave employee sacrificed his job at Micro$oft in order to leak a few screenshots of the beta. I'm really curious to see what happens with Longhorn, seeing as though more and more people are switching to other operating systems because they are fed up with the many problems that plague Windows. If they don't get their shit together their desktop market share is going to continue to decrease while Mac and Linux are reaching more and more people. Entire governments in developing countries are switching to Linux desktops & open source software on all of their official computers, even though Bill is offering them discounted license rates on Windows and Microsoft software. Hmmmm, which is better? Discounted or Free? With the news of a PC compatible Mac OS in development, I have a feeling that Bill Gates is more than a little scared.

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At July 12, 2005 8:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do u mean by new PC compatible Mac OS? Anyway I agree with you all the way, and this is coming from a user who used to be all about Windos software. I knew it inside out. Yet I switched to Mac and OS X and what a reliefe it was. Microsoft is never going to die out though. I think what's going to happen is that eventulay they are going to strip down windows to bare bone and release it for really cheap or free like linux with a whole bunch of extra bells and wisles that are going to be optional to install. There's way too much MS based software out there and developers for it to go underground, but making it open source would probably open up new doors for windows.


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