Beyond Windows Server
Microsoft plots how to improve the platform over the long haul.With Windows Server 2003 just a month out of the gates, Microsoft Corp. is already looking at ways to deliver add-on technologies and wrestling with the issue of how to price these technologies. "There is some deep thinking and strong consideration going on inside the server team about how to best stage future releases and what the core elements of our strategy should be," said Jay Jamison, director of product planning for the Windows Server division, in Redmond, Wash. According to Jamison, one of the ways Microsoft intends to deliver some of that functionality is through an "out-of-band" mechanism, where new technologies and tools are delivered between major server releases.
Out-of-band technologies could range from tools and things such as the group policy management console to layered add-on services, such as the Real-Time Communications Server, he said.