Microsoft preview Longhorn

The new version of Windows (expected around 2006) was previewed at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference yesterday… Nothing too exciting, although I did like this snippet from the BBC report of the same story:

One of the key features of the new desktop is a smart panel that sits at the side of the screen and can be configured to hold essential information such as instant messenger buddy lists, time, links to favourite websites as well as news and stock tickers.

That sure is a new definition of “essential”