Journalist fails to crack Microsoft code

Writing for National Journal, William Powers claims that technology reporting isn't good enough, beginning his piece with this comment:

This week, the world's richest man, the man who created the software most of us use to manage our lives, got up at a gathering in Los Angeles and offered an early peek at the next version of that software, which will be called, oddly enough, Longhorn.

It's hard to take Powers seriously when he doesn't realize that Longhorn's merely a code name that won't be used on the actual product, a practice Microsoft has followed since Windows for Workgroups 3.1. Let's give him the code name greenhorn.



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