The rumor mill is swirling with talk of a new release of Windows XP, code named ‘XP Reloaded’. Hopefully that is just an internal codename, because the last thing we need is Hollywood movie titles in software product names…. Do we really need software titles like “The Passion of the Quicken”, “Look Who’s Photoshopping!”, “The Flash and the Furious”, or “Winzip That!”.
Anyways, Microsoft has been promising for years that there would not be an interim release between Windows XP and the next version of their OS called “Longhorn” (“The LongHorn Kiss Goodnight” ?), but this could be a sure sign that Longhorn is going to be very much delayed, even by Microsoft standards.
Even if it did ship in 2005, that’s three years between Windows releases, which a lot of people think is much too long, especially since Windows is the MS cashcow.Many remember a version of Windows called “Windows ME” that was released in 2000 and is generally regarded as the worst version of Windows ever because of it’s poor performance and complete lack of features. The reason MS released WinME was because the release cycle betwen Windows 98 and Windows XP was originally only supposed to be 3 years, but when XP fell off schedule, they needed to release something to the public to keep the money train rolling and people in the upgrade mentality. So, they changed a few icons in Win98, made it run like ass, put a $99 price tag on it, and called it Windows ME.
If the rumors about XP ‘Reloaded’ are true and Longhorn really is way off schedule, we’ll see a 2004′s answer to Windows ME in stores this holiday season.