Jamison said the majority of new functionality made available through the out-of-band process will be things that customers can download and use freely. "In some cases, there will be new technologies made available through this process that may require an enterprise server to run or could require a Windows [Client Access License] or the like, but we have not made any final decisions on this," Jamison said."That is not clear at this point. Will end users have any idea what the total cost of operation will be if every now and again Microsoft changes the prices on some functions?" Kusnetzky asked. Dave Thompson, corporate vice president of the Windows Server Product Group at Microsoft, said out-of-band releases are effectively part of Windows Server. "Innovation does not have to wait for major releases," Thompson said. Jamison suggested that a Windows Server release in the "Longhorn" client time frame, expected to ship in early 2005, is not likely. He did say that "Blackcomb," the major Windows release following Longhorn, could be expected in a time frame "roughly similar to how weve done it before [three years]." Jamison said this release will extend the underlying security work in Windows Server 2003 and build on the work already done in .Net Framework and Universal Description, Discovery and Integration in Server 2003. Latest Microsoft News:
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Dan Kusnetzky, an analyst for International Data Corp., in Framingham, Mass., said Microsoft is trying to uncouple updates from the basic release of the platform itself. But the challenge was the business, licensing and pricing model under which these were released.