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Microsoft has laid out its plan for shipping the next version of its Windows operating system for personal computers in 2006, but to meet its timetable the company has scaled back its technological ambitions for the product. The decision, analysts say, represents a pragmatic blend of business and technical considerations. Microsoft's last major release of its desktop operating system, Windows XP, was in 2001, and the timing for the new version, code-named Longhorn, had been slipping.
Wow. Scaling back on something useful? Could it perhaps be due to the fact that absolutely no real tech advances are made by Microsoft. They have to purchase anything that works...internal development simply does not happen. Perhaps that's because Gates has his minions devote all their tech talent to figuring out how to exclude other companys who actually offer something useful and dependable in their software.