Cairo document reveals how Microsoft plans Windows

A once confidential Microsoft document released as evidence in the Comes V. Microsoft lawsuit gives us a rare insider look at how Microsoft plans for a product as complex as Windows. This 76-page product planning document for Windows Cairo from 1993, has revealed a number of interesting tidbits that shows just how forward-looking this project […]

A once confidential Microsoft document released as evidence in the Comes V. Microsoft lawsuit gives us a rare insider look at how Microsoft plans for a product as complex as Windows. This 76-page product planning document for Windows Cairo from 1993, has revealed a number of interesting tidbits that shows just how forward-looking this project must have been for its time.

"One example that stands out from the rest, the document describes the concepts of "Smart Folders" which presents folders to users that both store and view information based on metadata as well as "finding information through queries" – ideas later reanimated as part of the Longhorn WinFS vision but stilln't fully realized 17 years later even though the problem has been and is still relevant today."

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