After a busy week I haven't really kept up with what's been happening at Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference held this week in Los Angeles.
Here are some of the more useful reports I have found regarding the event
- eWeek Special Report from PDC -- some of the screenshots are very NeXT like if NeXT used colour. That clock in the dock looks familiar.
- Bill Gates keynote as blogged by Scott Hanselman
- Longhorn: Can Microsoft Deliver on Its Promises This Time? -- Microsoft Watch
- Gates gambles on Longhorn - news.com
- Longhorn as the next Microsoft desktop domination play - The Register
- Longhorn: It's (Not) About Time -- Microsoft Monitor Weblog predicts Longhorn will realistically be here no earlier than 2006. Microsoft Execs are not denying that it is still some years off.
Not too much to comment on as yet as it is years away. As a non-developer my only comment is that Microsoft continues to have an OS-centric view of the world. They believe that more functionality has to be in the OS, not in loosely connected applications. Whereas Apple ships a separate application for managing digital photos, iPhoto, Microsoft build some of that functionality right into the functionality of the user interface of the operating system. Longhorn extends that substantially including ways of handling data such as contacts (address book) right from within the OS. It is a purer way of handling things. You are making the OS smarter to help users deal with their data, rather than forcing users to recognise what data they have and therefore which application to use.
Makes it that much harder for competitors when you keep moving traditional functionality of applications firmly into the OS.
Pros and cons of application & OS integration are discussed at Jupiter Research's Microsoft Monitor blog.