Apple executives took obvious glee last week in noting that the software centerpiece of the Microsoft conference, new graphics software that is scheduled to appear in “Longhorn,” Microsoft’s 2005 version of its Windows operating system, apes features that have been in Apple’s OS X operating system since 2001.
“You don’t have to look too far to see that this is almost a direct copy of Quartz,” said Philip W. Schiller, Apple’s vice president of marketing, referring to the Macintosh software that controls the computer’s display.
Microsoft executives declined to take the bait. “We only showed glimpses of the future of Longhorn,” said a Microsoft spokesman. “Wait until the fall when we’ll go into more detail at the Professional Developers Conference.”