Microsoft introduced the next version of Windows, code-named “Longhorn,” at its Professional Developers Conference this week in Los Angeles. Although Microsoft has leaked details of Longhorn before, the conference offered the first official look at many of the technologies coming when the operating system ships sometime in 2005 or 2006. Elsewhere: “Today was the 4th and final day of the Microsoft Professional Developer’s Conference in LA. If you were there, things were a lot quieter than previously. Most sessions had to do with creating software with all the new goodies.” Read it here.