Longhorn Goes to Pieces: http://news.com.com/2100-1016_3-5212077.htmlOriginally Posted by Jeremy W.
"Microsoft will either scale back hoped-for features or prioritize others, said Al Gillen, an analyst with research firm IDC."
"As the dates for future release get closer, Microsoft will be able to get a better handle on what features will make it into Longhorn."
Longhorn to Arrive in 2006 http://www.computeractive.co.uk/itwe...rn-arrive-2006
"Microsoft has announced plans to deliver Longhorn, the next version of the Windows desktop client, in 2006. But to meet this deadline, Longhorn will not include some previously announced features, such as the WinFS storage subsystem."
Microsoft Cuts Key Longhorn Features http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/busine...sftcuts28.html
Microsoft more open about Longhorn features http://www.networkworld.com/news/200...micromore.html
"The final version of Longhorn is scheduled to be broadly available in December 2006."
In other words, it will be available in June 2007.
How Microsoft Will Die http://applematters.com/index.php/se..._a_black_suit/
.NET Framework: Cut
Integrated Search: Cut
Avalon: Who knows?
Indigo: Who knows?
IE7: You can repaint a Kia, lower it down, put rims on it and think you are cool, but at the end of the day it is still a Kia.
"And so it goes, on and on. Feature after feature is cut, promise after promise is broken, and what do we have at the end of the day? XP SP3. If Microsoft fails to deliver something approaching decent with Longhorn then they will be in trouble. Big trouble. And most people haven’t even realized this yet. But they will soon enough."
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As for the value of a name, there's been lots of publicity about the relative popularity of certain high-tech brand names lately. Apple and Google are apparently near the top, while Microsoft is going down for the count. I think it's largely because Apple and Google deliver quality products and don't have a reputation for...uh, shall we say operating outside the realm of ethics or the law?
If LongVista turns out to be a quality upgrade, it could give Microsoft an enormous boost, and the name Vista could be seen in a favorable light. But if it turns out to be another Microsoft bomb, I think the name will only help it sink faster.
It will also be interesting to see how browsers affect the big picture. Microsoft recently released (or will soon release - I'm not wasting my time on it) an Internet Explorer upgrade, but how many people are going to bother downloading it? Probably not many, so it likely won't be widely distributed until people buy it bundled with Hasta la Vista. By then Firefox will probably be in its thirteenth incarnation, still leading the pack.
Hasta la Vista, Vista.