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 Apr 04, 2005 - 10:00 AM - by Michael
* Will anyone want Longhorn?

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ZDNet UK asks the question: when it finally arrives, will anyone WANT Longhorn?

Microsoft managed to turn the launch of Windows 95 into a major event, with loads of mainstream press and consumer enthusiasm. However, subsequent releases have been considerably more subdued affairs, particularly the launch of Windows XP, which came just a few weeks after the 11 September, 2001. Even with its longest-ever time between OS releases, Gartenberg said, Microsoft will have to work to build demand for Longhorn.

"Microsoft is going to have to find a way to take a page from the Steve Jobs playbook and make an operating system that not only looks interesting, but feels interesting," Gartenberg said.
Well, no.

Longhorn will catch on the same way every MS operating system has caught on; the slow creep of compatibility.

Face it. When Windows 98 came out, plenty of people thought 95 was good enough. When Windows 2000 came out, plenty insisted on staying with 98 fearing they'd break compatibility with their old programs. The only one nobody really wanted was Windows ME, which was - to put it mildly - a broken piece of garbage.

There are still plenty of people using Windows 2000, but they're getting fewer and fewer all the time. Longhorn will work its way in the same way.

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