Rick Schaut posts on Word 5.1 Plus - the idea that what people really want from a Mac word processor is Word 5.1, plus one more feature. He’s quite right – I love background spell checking, for example, but beyond that I don’t need much that’s not in Word 5.1.
It looks from Apple’s banners for WWDC that someone inside Apple gets it about Longhorn. I’m glad to see that the company is taking the threat seriously enough to do a little pre-emptive Microsoft bashing. As I’ve written before, I believe that Longhorn is indeed a threat to Apple, because of its potential appeal to developers - and that means that Apple needs to counter this threat now, with WWDC being the best possible place to do it.