Longhorn != Vista?

4 04 2008

So as many of you may know, Microsoft announced yesterday, that they will continue the production to XP until 1 year after the general release of Windows 7.  In addition, Bill Gates announced to shareholders that Windows 7 will be released next year.  If you do your math, that means that the time between the release of Vista and the yet unnamed Windows 7.  How can they possibly produce a quality OS in such a short period of time.    Microsoft spent over 5 years with many delays to produce a an OS that many consider trash.  This has led myself and  some of my friends to develop a theory that Vista was never a planned OS.  The following is probably completely bogus but I would love to here what others thing about this.

What if Vista isn’t Longhorn?  We have heard many people compare Vista to ME.  What was ME?  ME was a place holder for Microsoft.  They needed more time to develop the greatest OS they have ever made, Windows XP.  So what if Vista is just that.  Could Microsoft have been half way through the development of Longhorn and realized that they needed more time.  As a result decided, hey we needed an OS that will be ready for release soon for our investors.    Most Vista users will agree that Vista seems like a rushed OS.  Microsoft cut out many of the planned features of longhorn.  Things like WinFS that we all wanted to see got stripped.  What I am hypothesizing is that Microsoft started to develop Vista after longhorn.  They took the NT kernal, the best of XP, and what they had complete of longhorn and called it Vista.  Meanwhile another team continued to develop Windows 7.

Now we have developed a lot of crazy ways to support our conspiracy, but I don’t want to type that all out now.  Maybe I will add that later.  But lets take a look at what this would mean if this is fact not fiction.   XP was released in 2001 and I am theorizing a 2009 Windows 7 release.  That would be an 8 year development  for Windows 7.  With a dev time that is that long it should be the best OS Microsoft has ever released.  Yes and that includeds the Holy Grail that is XP.

So my question for all you that are reading this conspriracy theory is:  What do you all think?  Do you have anything to add that may be of intrest.  I am sure I have a lot of bad thinking here, but take this entry as food for thought.

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