One of the original Mac designers believes another "golden age of computing" is nigh - once the "quagmire" of Window has been overcome.

Andy Hertzfeld, dubbed the "usability guru" for his work on the original software for the Mac, told The Boston Globe: "I see another golden age of computing innovation reminiscent of the early Macintosh era - once the field establishes an open and neutral infrastructure and overcomes a hurdle ? the Windows operating system."

He said: ''Computers are getting significantly more powerful, which has allowed us to tackle bigger problems. But there's a malaise in the computing industry right now. And much of it has to do with the Microsoft monopoly, which does not promote innovation."

''The PC industry was idealistic in the beginning. It was all about empowering people. But somewhere in the early to mid-1990s, the PC got stuck in a quagmire called the Microsoft monopoly."