Robert Scoble has said that Ryan Dawson isn’t a Microsoft employee, which I all but said he was in my last post. Robert also said that Ryan hasn’t seen Longhorn, and thus can only be making guesses about it.
My apologies for the misunderstanding concerning Ryan’s affiliation, and the nature of Longhorn Blogs, which I had taken to be a Microsoft-sponsored site. It isn’t; it’s a community site where anyone can get a blog and start posting. Presumably about Longhorn.
As for the rest of my post, where I expressed my concern over what might happen in Longhorn and how that might affect the Web, my thoughts were not based solely on Ryan’s post, but were instead the end product of several months of thought and information from a number of sources. If anything, Ryan’s post was simply the trigger that got me to fully express them in public. I hope to one day be able to point back to that post and say, “Wow, was I ever off the mark there.” The nature of speculation is that it is often proved incorrect, and I can accept that if it happens. I’d far, far rather be wrong than right in this case.
Regardless, we’ll get our first taste in a few days. It will be interesting to see what people think. It’ll be even more interesting to see if Longhorn is limited to Intel architectures or not.