Skip to main content

Longhorn Outruns XP, Threatens Tiger - Really???

Michael points to an article in eWeek about how Microsoft may be ready to take on Apple after all but the entire article is based purely on speculation and even admits "But if Longhorn slips into 2007, Apple could have the next big cat version released or at least waiting to spring out."

This is the kind of journalism that belongs in weblogs moreso than a paper but then this is why eweek and other online journals are really having a rough time with bloggers and keeping readership up.

1. When Longhorn ships or even produces a real beta, then we can start a real comparison. Even with all of Scoble's comments about how "sexy" Longhorn will be (actually I think that was Vic's comment), the rhetoric is all about "wait and see - you'll love it".

2. Apple typically keeps everything under wraps until they're ready. So even guessing what's coming out from them is a matter of conjecture. Apple was rumoured to be switching to Intel for years but it only hit this week.

Both companies have things up their sleeves that no one knows about. Listening to the Gilmour Gang on podcasting, I really noticed it. Adam Curry commented that MS didn't really have a clue (my word, not his) about how to deal with podcasting and yet he was there a month ago (where they sent him a gift) and I'm sure they had some discussions back then. Sure, there are some at MS who would look at Podcasting, or RSS or whatever as a passing fad. But I would still be very surprised if they aren't able to do something.

Yet everyone loves Apple for that reason - they love to surprise. Very few people knew about podcasts on iTunes until it was announced. Microsoft went through a lot of speculation on Longhorn and now they're being quieter about it.

So if you want to compare operating systems, compare Tiger and XP. If you want to compare on upcoming systems, compare public betas. If you want to talk about what may or may not happen, go to Slashdot.

www.kogeler.com - michael's blog: Longhorn Outruns XP, Threatens Tiger

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Well, that explains CodePlex...

In a move that will be sure to anger open source (or rather anti-paid software, anti-Microsoft open source)  zealots, Microsoft is planning to buy GitHub . A year ago, I mused about why Microsoft would shut down CodePlex and how the world needs competing source code repositories to be strong. I'm not the only one per this Slashdot article  : "...   people have warned about GitHub becoming as large as it did as problematic because it concentrates too much of the power to make or break the open source world in a single entity, moreso because there were valid questions about GitHubs financial viability...." - Jacques Mattheij I will be interested in seeing this play out - whether developers jump ship or not. Have all the efforts Microsoft has made in pushing towards open source be seen as genuine or will all the zealots jump ship or maybe even attack? Microsoft's comment about why they shut down CodePlex referred to how spammers were using CodePlex. Well, GitHub

Attending Southwest Fox 2019 could change your life - Find out how

Southwest Fox is coming up in October and as I do every year, I spoke with the organizers Rick , Doug and Tamar on the FoxShow. Deadlines for Southwest Fox: Super-saver price (before July 1): $695 Early-bird price (before August 1): $770 Regular price (August 1 and later): $820 This year, I took a different approach with separate shows for each organizer but the main message is still the same : July 1st is their Go/No-Go date. Conferences don't talk about this very often. I don't think developers really question if Apple will hold their WWDC in June or Microsoft will hold their Build conference - but that's because those conferences are vendor-led. Southwest Fox is a community-driven conference - it's not driven by a company with an agenda. Listen to the interviews and you can hear how important each of the organizers feel the live connection between speakers and among attendees.

Virtual FoxFest - A New Way to Conference

If you haven't been keeping up with the news around the Fox community, the Southwest Fox conference has gone digital now showing up as  Virtual FoxFest .  At $49, it's a steal and a great way to learn some new ideas and get inspired. While the reasoning for this change is fairly obvious with the year of COVID - for me, this is something that has been a long time coming. I appreciate many people's needs for a physical conference but the world is very large and it's difficult to get people from around the world into a single physical location. I recently attended a single-track conference via YouTube (a Quasar conference). YouTube's Live stream provided a very handy way to watch, rewind and communicate with people online. While Tamar, Doug and Rick are still making decisions related to the streaming platform, there are lots of great options available. I'm really looking forward to it. The FoxPro community has also really felt its international roots