There's this CNET article today that features Don Box on Longhorn.
Well theres nothing pheonomenoly new there, but I ask you
"Box is leading the work on the "plumbing" part of Longhorn, called "Indigo," which is effectively the successor to Microsoft .Net " - Thats interesting.
I guess in future we can expect run-away headlines like
"Microsoft Builds successor to .NET", ".NET done with", "Microsoft looks beyond .NET", ".NET is obsolete" etc. etc.
Well you get the drift. All that is required is some not so techie web reporter to catch this article and extrapolate it.