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If you've fallen in love with Longhorn, then welcome to the club! Most of us who lived through its development will forever be infatuated with what was never meant to be. To be clear, it's not Longhorn that I hope Microsoft brings back with the departure of Steven Sinofsky; it's the passion and ridiculous excitement that made Windows users and developers want to tell Microsoft to shut up and take their money already.
And with that, thus concludes this little journey into Windows Longhorn: an OS that, to this day, evokes exponentially more excitment within me than Windows 8 ever has at any point through its development. I hope Microsoft can once again focus on something more than a lackluster UI.