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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-05-26 Print this article Print

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.

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.

"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.

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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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