Feeds

Microsoft dragged kicking and screaming

Windows to enter late eighties by 2006?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Windows to go 3D... but not in Whistler

Andrew Orlowski was most impressed with Chris Ross's erudite musings on his recent article. So were the letters department, so here you go:

That'll be Microsoft "innovating" then. This is an area that has been explorered a lot, especially on Unix. Most notibly in "Rooms: The Use of Multiple Virtual Workspaces to Reduce Space Contention", a seminal UI project from 1986 and many, many projects since which reference it.

My favourite on this theme has to be the "psDoom" project, which is developing a general purpose GUI based on the now open source Doom engine.

Seems that Microsoft are finally being brought kicking and screaming into the State of the Art of the 1980s. I'd like to know when Windows will finally get to be as good as its competitors from the late 80s such as the Acorn Archimedes, Commodore Amiga and NeXT Machine. At their present rate, presumably sometime after Windows 2006.

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'
Spooks ask Dabbsy to suggest a nice hotel with pool
Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil
'Midas World' vision suggests you retire later, watch more tellie and buy more stuff
Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo
'FIRE' caption on dashboard prompts dunderheaded hard shoulder halt
Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!
If you're reading this email, I am no longer alive
Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land
Bold, barmy Brit adventurer Nick Hancock escapes North Atlantic islet
Russia sends SEX-CRAZED GECKOS to SPAAAAACE!
In space... no one can hear you're green...
Brit Rockall adventurer poised to quit islet
Occupation records broken, champagne corks popped
Accused! Yahoo! exec! SUES! her! accuser!, says! sex! harassment! never! happened!
Allegations were for 'financial gain', countersuit claims
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.