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I started to read an article that was talking about how simplicity always wins over complexity. This was followed up by a statement about the up-and-coming "feature race." This just made me think about Longhorn, Microsoft's next version of Windows. What are we going to do when it comes out? I haven't seen all of the content released after PDC, yet, but I don't think Microsoft will leave us all hanging with our "legacy" Win32/NTFS apps. When considering Linux and MacOS, I would have to say that both sound a lot simpler than the Longhorn upgrade.

Microsoft is shooting itself in the foot, almost. Think about it: In the midst of all of these security blunders, Microsoft is now saying that their next version of Windows will not be released until 2006!? Gee...that's a pretty long time to wait for security. Now, personally, I'm one that is of the mind that, if you keep up-to-date on the patches, you should be fine (not that I think you're completely safe - you never are). But, if I'll have to rewrite all of my apps for Longhorn, then I'm not going to be too happy. If it's just a recompile, that'd be better, but what about all of the SMB's that don't have development support on-hand? What about the apps that were developed years ago? Watch out, now.

Don't get me wrong, I think that this new version is one that will be very exciting. I can't wait to see it. I don't, and haven't planned on moving away from Windows, so Microsoft doesn't have too much to worry about in my corner. The problem is that I'm a sucker for technology. I go where the industry goes. If my organization says that they're moving to a complete Sun & J2 solution, well, guess where I'm going. I think that a lot of people are in this same boat. And, if you aren't, then you're going to be in trouble - but that's for another discussion.

Just something to think about. Whether you're for 'em, against 'em, or just plain there, Microsoft is trying to rock the house and I'm sure they will. The question is: Will they scare off their already timid customers?

[Original post Mon Nov 10, 06:26:02 PM UTC]

Posted on Friday, November 14, 2003 8:09 PM IT | Back to top

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