While making the rounds of the blog world one night, I came across an interesting tidbit about Microsoft’s upcoming OS that will replace XP in a few years, Longhorn. What’s interesting for bloggers is that big M thinks blogging is the coming thing and is building blogging fundtionality into the product. For more, see Mary Jo Foley’s Microsoft’s Got Blogging On the Brain. She describes several new products (FrontPage 2003, WMP Media Funpack, etc.) that interface with weblogs.
Of course, this development can be both a blessing and a curse. Once the 900 lb. gorilla decides blogging is a tasty morsel by the time they take a bite out of it blogging could be changed forever, and not necessarily in ways we like.
If you were developing the blogging component of Longhorn, what would you want to see in it? How can Longhorn benefit the blogging community? How would it interact with your blogging interface (TP, etc.). How do you think this will affect the blogging provider community? Will it hurt them in any way? How will they have to adapt to the MS juggernaught?