# Wednesday, 29 October 2003

Break the cycle

I haven't trawled my way through the mountain of documentation being dropped by MS at the mo' so I may have missed something but are the new .NET classes (e.g. MSAvalon, to be renamed System) going to be for Longhorn only? It would appear so, and comments from people like Scoble with continual "wait for the Longhorn detail"  would seem to confirm that.

If this is so, then we have another break point in developing for Windows, as there was with Win3.1 and then Windows 95. The nightmare at the moment is that you write an application and it probably has to support Win95,98,Me,Win2K and WinXP and all the IE variations thereon. Lognhorn might well be the start of the next cycle (ie. ten years down the pike you'll be supporting L,L+1,L+2,L+3,L+4), but for now you have a clean slate and know what you are targetting. The downside is of course, will any customers have it? There was a rush to upgrade to Win95 and (ta da) 32bit computing (which it wasn't), will Longhorn create the same 'rush'?

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