Is it just me, or have we been through this quite a few times before? Microsoft announces huge, giant LEAPS in their software features and functionaly, stability and security, then proceeds to water it down several times, and at the end of the cycle, releases a mediocre product. At this point in time, all we can expect from them in Longhorn is Aero — that brand spanking new UI that’ll blow everything else out of the water… or will it?
Tiger was just released over at the Apple camp, and it’s really impressive visually, what with its OpenGL underpinnings and hardware accelerated compositing…
Uh-oh. I just realised something — Longhorn’s ‘advanced user interface’, and the framework it comes with sounds suspiciously like Apple’s stuff, but with an XML definition language instead (that XAML thingy).
From the onset it seems, Longhorn fans have had a leak in their collective morale bucket — they started out in a world where OS X had just been released, Linux on the desktop sucked, and Longhorn was going to be a giant leap forward. Now, OS X has everything you could want from Longhorn (except expensive hardware, but thats a whole other story), and Linux somewhat catching up with Apple. Where’s Longhorn, people?