Latehorn Time Frame May Be Hard to Swallow
Analysis: When developers arrive this week in Los Angeles for their annual feast at the Microsoft table, they'll get more appetizers than entrees.When developers arrive this week in Los Angeles for their annual feast at the Microsoft table, theyll get more appetizers than entrees. Considering the ravenous appetites in this crowd, its surprising to see them flocking to a place where the sign reads "Dinner will be served in three years"which is when the "Longhorn" version of Windows is scheduled to arrive. Microsoft promised developers an easy transition from authoring active Web pages to disclosing and consuming Web services. The companys tools and technologies aimed at those ends took a while to deliver, with a gap of many years between the last Visual Studio and the first Visual Studio .Net, but the result satisfied many developers as worth the wait.
For some developers, however, another three years wait is too long. Theyve made promises to their front-office managers, and they need to eat right now. The open-source deli is open; the Apple bistro is serving fresh-sliced Panther, no waiting. Microsoft is betting that most enterprises are still digesting Web-based applications and that theyre willing to wait.