Longhorn Server In the Works?

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-04-25 Print this article Print

Microsoft officials are not ruling out the possibility of some type of a server release with the next upgrade of the Windows client, code-named Longhorn.

With Windows Server 2003 now out the door, Microsoft Corp. officials are not ruling out the possibility of some type of a server release when the next upgrade of the Windows client, code-named Longhorn, ships in some 18 months. Microsoft server officials have to date given conflicting statements concerning a Longhorn server update. "We could deliver a set of feature pack type of things in that time frame, which is something Im focused on now. I mean wow, the group policy, the group policy management console, Microsoft Identity Server, Windows SharePoint Services, all necessitated changes in Windows Server 2003 that weve done and then theyll build off that platform.
"Those are things I think youll see us continuing to provide," Bill Veghte, the corporate vice president of Microsofts Windows Server group, told eWEEK in an interview.
Customers could also hear more about the Automated Deployment Services in June. "I look at those and I say that these are the types of things I can do in 18 months. These could be delivered as a Longhorn Limited server release," he conceded, adding "I think well do some rationalization of them for customers as an update." The server team is now looking at which core set of customer problems to address next. "The exercises we are going through now are what are those and when can we deliver them, which are two different things," he said. But Veghte said he stood behind his comments to eWEEK earlier this month that doing a server release on an 18-month time frame was not realistic. "It is very hard to do a server release that represents the customer advancement in an 18-month turn and then go and tell the customers to rev their servers again," he said at that time. Now that Windows Server 2003 is out of the way, the team will focus on the next server release, code-named Blackcomb. "Broadly, Im pretty excited about the role the server can play. You hear a lot about the Longhorn wave of products for Microsoft. At the root the server offers connections to people, technologies and businesses and offers greater scale as well as centralized security and management as opposed to peer to peer," he said. Latest Microsoft News:
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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 www.eweek.com.


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