The Next-Generation OS for Apple

Lora Bentley

Leopard isn't even here yet and the media is speculating as to what the next OS from Apple will look like. Of course, succeeding in the software industry -- or any industry, for that matter -- is usually preceded by an ability to remain a step ahead of the competition. So I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but it's interesting, nonetheless.


In this New York Times piece, John Markhoff wonders what Apple (and Microsoft) will do with their next releases to save the desktop operating system in an increasingly Web-centric world. Though iTunes has worked well, he says, similar Web-based software offerings, like .Mac, he says, have not.


So what does Apple's SVP for software engineering have planned? All indications are that Bertrand Serlet will focus on integrating its consumer and computer products with the Web, and that the already blurry lines between devices -- and between devices and the Web -- will become even blurrier. "[W]eb services for the Mac are imminent," the story says.

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