The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Putting Microsoft brand on a new breed: Longhorn "The biggest change is to the file system that stores documents in the computer. Longhorn's system will be based on a new database the company is developing that is designed to make it easier to find, sort and retrieve each document. ...
This storage technology is challenging, and its refinement will continue after Longhorn is completed, but Gates insisted that it be part of the new operating system. One reason is that he has always dreamed of making it easier to find files on computers. His mandate was that the technology make it easier to find data on different machines. That would make it easier to learn to use a PC because users would have to learn only one way to search for things.
"This is one where very much I'm the most committed to making sure we get it exactly right," he said.
The search tool sounds similar to the popular Google search engine, but turned inward into the computer rather than out onto the World Wide Web.
But Allchin bristled at the comparison. "Google's a very nice system, but compared to my vision, it's pathetic," he said."