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given that substantially less power is used accessing flash than is needed to spin a hard drive.

Also, he said, Longhorn will come in a single binary for all the different language editions. Apple Computer has done that in Mac OS X, but it's a first for Windows.

Mac fans will find continued similarities in Microsoft's changes. In Longhorn, the folder that was once "My Documents" will become simply "Documents," While "My Photos" and "My Videos" will become "Photos" and "Videos." Clicking on a document icon will bring up a preview pane with added information about the file, also a feature in Mac OS X. In addition, searching and virtual folder features are similar to what Apple has done with Tiger, the new version of the Mac OS that goes on sale on Friday.

But Gates said Microsoft is doing more than just improving search, noting the capability to organize files across multiple characteristics, such as sorting documents "created by brutus" into various categories based on keywords. Longhorn users will also be able to group a collection of files into a list that can be shared with many users, even automatically using an updated version of RSS (Really Simple Syndication).

In addition to previewing Longhorn, Gates presided over the official launch of the 64-bit versions of Windows and showed off several futuristic laptop PCs. One demo, a futuristic tablet PC that would be as thin as 10 sheets of paper, turned out to be little more than a mock-up. Gates acknowledged that significant hardware and software advances were still needed, but said a 1-pound, 6-inch device that combines all the power of a PC, phone and camera for around $800 is still possible a couple of years from now.

"We do believe this is achievable," Gates said.

Gates projected that while it took until 2002--two decades--for the industry to sell its 1 billionth PC, the 2 billion mark would be hit in just six years, by 2008.

"Compared to 6 billion people on the planet, 2 billion is starting to get somewhere," Gates said.

The software maker also announced it has continued to see a rise in sales of PCs with its Windows XP Media Center operating system. The company said it has now logged about 1 million new shipments since the latest iteration of the software began showing up on PCs last October. That's the same number sold for all prior versions of the OS, dating back to 2002.

"It's quite a good ramp," Gates said, adding that the current rate of sales is more like 500,000 Media Center shipments per quarter.

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The Art of War (Vaporware)
LMAO ... you have to give kudos for Microsoft for effectively
using something that does not really exist and constantly
changes definitions for three years as a marketing tool.
Posted by Thomas, David (1947 comments )
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The Art of War (Vaporware)
LMAO ... you have to give kudos for Microsoft for effectively
using something that does not really exist and constantly
changes definitions for three years as a marketing tool.
Posted by Thomas, David (1947 comments )
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Longhorn, a Mac Clone?
Once again the only way to make Windows better is to copy Apple and OS X. No thanks I will stick with my Mac..
Posted by (2 comments )
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Hehe
And us Mac users get it all a whole 1.5 years before everyone
else :)
Posted by iKenny (98 comments )
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Longhorn, a Mac Clone?
Once again the only way to make Windows better is to copy Apple and OS X. No thanks I will stick with my Mac..
Posted by (2 comments )
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Hehe
And us Mac users get it all a whole 1.5 years before everyone
else :)
Posted by iKenny (98 comments )
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Now they're vaporing hardware
Bill shows off a mockup of small PC that should be possible to
build in a few years. I'm sure that's based on Microsoft's years
of experience in building PC hardware...
Posted by RetiredMidn (21 comments )
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Now they're vaporing hardware
Bill shows off a mockup of small PC that should be possible to
build in a few years. I'm sure that's based on Microsoft's years
of experience in building PC hardware...
Posted by RetiredMidn (21 comments )
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Rudderless
So to summarize. once again, "Longhorn" isn't developing a
single new feature that isn't a pale rip-off of today's Mac OS X.

And even as of today, years after Microsoft announced
Longhorn, they can't put a complete SDK in developers hands for
the "features" being touted for release next year. Its just
astonishing. Even if its just expected at this point that Microsoft
will do nothing more with Longhorn than rip-off Mac OS X, how
can their chief software officer seriously stand up in front of a
crowd of developers with nothing more than a pie-in-the-sky
speech about security and dangle what are now all too familiar
OS features without any real code to put in real developer's
hands to back up Microsoft's endless hyperbole?

Really. What is with these guys? Are they just content to occupy
the bottom of the barrel for any original ideas and
innovation? "Start Something?" How about "Finish Anything..."
Posted by Terry Murphy (82 comments )
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Rudderless
So to summarize. once again, "Longhorn" isn't developing a
single new feature that isn't a pale rip-off of today's Mac OS X.

And even as of today, years after Microsoft announced
Longhorn, they can't put a complete SDK in developers hands for
the "features" being touted for release next year. Its just
astonishing. Even if its just expected at this point that Microsoft
will do nothing more with Longhorn than rip-off Mac OS X, how
can their chief software officer seriously stand up in front of a
crowd of developers with nothing more than a pie-in-the-sky
speech about security and dangle what are now all too familiar
OS features without any real code to put in real developer's
hands to back up Microsoft's endless hyperbole?

Really. What is with these guys? Are they just content to occupy
the bottom of the barrel for any original ideas and
innovation? "Start Something?" How about "Finish Anything..."
Posted by Terry Murphy (82 comments )
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Top Secret Pre-release of Longhorn now on the Web...
<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.apple.com/macosx/newfeatures/" target="_newWindow">http://www.apple.com/macosx/newfeatures/</a>
Posted by Llib Setag (951 comments )
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Gee... I am swithcing
I thought Tiger was supposed to be remarkable. I found this "feature" funny.


Document Properties

Add important information to your TextEdit documents so Spotlight can better find and organize them.

Gee, impressive organisation features. If you need to add a description to a file then it is you who is organising. Besides, Windows 2000 has this "feature".

How about;


Dictionary Widget

Find definitions by typing all or part of a word, and use the built-in thesaurus to find synonyms, antonyms and more  no Internet connection required.

Wow.

Firewall Log

Keep a log of all firewall activity, such as blocked sources, blocked destinations and blocked attempts.

It didn't have this "feature" before?


Safe Downloads

Receive an approval alert message when the system or an application attempts to download files whose type or source is not trustworthy.

Err... you are kidding. Didn't Win98SE have this feature?

But wait, theres more...


About This Mac

View the name of the startup disk in the enhanced About This Mac menu  great if you have multi-drive setups.

Battery System Menu

Easily change power management settings directly from the system menu.

iPhoto Desktop Pictures and Screen Saver

Choose any photo or album from iPhoto as your desktop picture or screen saver using the Desktop &#38; Screen Saver preference panel.

Desktop Pictures

Choose from a collection of stunning new desktop pictures, including a vibrant new default desktop created exclusively for Mac OS X Tiger users.
Posted by Andrew J Glina (1673 comments )
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Top Secret Pre-release of Longhorn now on the Web...
<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.apple.com/macosx/newfeatures/" target="_newWindow">http://www.apple.com/macosx/newfeatures/</a>
Posted by Llib Setag (951 comments )
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Gee... I am swithcing
I thought Tiger was supposed to be remarkable. I found this "feature" funny.


Document Properties

Add important information to your TextEdit documents so Spotlight can better find and organize them.

Gee, impressive organisation features. If you need to add a description to a file then it is you who is organising. Besides, Windows 2000 has this "feature".

How about;


Dictionary Widget

Find definitions by typing all or part of a word, and use the built-in thesaurus to find synonyms, antonyms and more  no Internet connection required.

Wow.

Firewall Log

Keep a log of all firewall activity, such as blocked sources, blocked destinations and blocked attempts.

It didn't have this "feature" before?


Safe Downloads

Receive an approval alert message when the system or an application attempts to download files whose type or source is not trustworthy.

Err... you are kidding. Didn't Win98SE have this feature?

But wait, theres more...


About This Mac

View the name of the startup disk in the enhanced About This Mac menu  great if you have multi-drive setups.

Battery System Menu

Easily change power management settings directly from the system menu.

iPhoto Desktop Pictures and Screen Saver

Choose any photo or album from iPhoto as your desktop picture or screen saver using the Desktop &#38; Screen Saver preference panel.

Desktop Pictures

Choose from a collection of stunning new desktop pictures, including a vibrant new default desktop created exclusively for Mac OS X Tiger users.
Posted by Andrew J Glina (1673 comments )
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Scared tiny cowboy on his virtual bull...
Citizen Gates is the tiny Marlboro Man riding his virtual bull (ShortHorn) around trying to cover his tracks.
Big Tobacco &#38; Microsoft have many things in common:
Both are obsolete relics of the past "cool age".
Both spew cancer, viruses &#38; cause you to crash &#38; burn.
Both have manipulated the government with their billion dollar lobbyist &#38; power plays.
Both have lied to the Government for years about how "safe" their products are.
Both have dug their tenticles deep into the masses &#38; make it very difficult to go "cold turkey".
Both have done whatever it takes (legally or illegally) to keep their monopolies in power &#38; crush the other guys "butts" thereby snuffing them out &#38; keeping their cash flow going from the little people to the corporate fat cats.
MS &#38; Big Tobacco are both cancerous, nip them in the bud or roll your own.
Posted by Llib Setag (951 comments )
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Second Opinion
Actually I think that Apple and IBM are relics. What makes Apple the new kid on the block? Apple had it's time but it's obsession with excessive profit has doomed it.

Bye Bye Apple, Bye Bye
Enjoy your last Hurrah
Because you are doomed to die
Just like the hybrid car
Posted by Andrew J Glina (1673 comments )
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Scared tiny cowboy on his virtual bull...
Citizen Gates is the tiny Marlboro Man riding his virtual bull (ShortHorn) around trying to cover his tracks.
Big Tobacco &#38; Microsoft have many things in common:
Both are obsolete relics of the past "cool age".
Both spew cancer, viruses &#38; cause you to crash &#38; burn.
Both have manipulated the government with their billion dollar lobbyist &#38; power plays.
Both have lied to the Government for years about how "safe" their products are.
Both have dug their tenticles deep into the masses &#38; make it very difficult to go "cold turkey".
Both have done whatever it takes (legally or illegally) to keep their monopolies in power &#38; crush the other guys "butts" thereby snuffing them out &#38; keeping their cash flow going from the little people to the corporate fat cats.
MS &#38; Big Tobacco are both cancerous, nip them in the bud or roll your own.
Posted by Llib Setag (951 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Second Opinion
Actually I think that Apple and IBM are relics. What makes Apple the new kid on the block? Apple had it's time but it's obsession with excessive profit has doomed it.

Bye Bye Apple, Bye Bye
Enjoy your last Hurrah
Because you are doomed to die
Just like the hybrid car
Posted by Andrew J Glina (1673 comments )
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"Metro" vs. PDF
This was one of the most interesting parts of the article. PDF seems to have a pretty solid grasp so far on documents. Now the purchase of Marcomedia makes more sense. Clash of the titans, soon!
Posted by jimboman78 (31 comments )
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Never could understand....
.... why it takes a 60 MB Acrobat program to display a 10 KB file. -
other than it's an Adobe product......
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
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Abobe Now
I think Adobe just bought MacroMedia. Even Microsofts money
and power won't make that a fight. PDF versus Metro?

This keeps up will be hearing about another monopoly case. I
think its time for all children, good and bad, to go look up what
the word "monopoly" means.
Posted by Thomas, David (1947 comments )
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"Metro" vs. PDF
This was one of the most interesting parts of the article. PDF seems to have a pretty solid grasp so far on documents. Now the purchase of Marcomedia makes more sense. Clash of the titans, soon!
Posted by jimboman78 (31 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Never could understand....
.... why it takes a 60 MB Acrobat program to display a 10 KB file. -
other than it's an Adobe product......
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
Link Flag
Abobe Now
I think Adobe just bought MacroMedia. Even Microsofts money
and power won't make that a fight. PDF versus Metro?

This keeps up will be hearing about another monopoly case. I
think its time for all children, good and bad, to go look up what
the word "monopoly" means.
Posted by Thomas, David (1947 comments )
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