Concurrent Longhorn development
Officials said Microsoft is developing the Longhorn client and server releases concurrently, as it did in the early phases of Windows XP. "You shouldnt think of them as being exactly concurrent, but you should think of them as being very consistent," said Bob Muglia, senior vice president of Microsofts Windows server division, in an interview. Microsoft has been developing Longhorn along a single tree, with Longhorn client and server builds done in parallel and with betas to be released on the same day for both. "But as we approach the release date for the client, the server will still be at an earlier form of release candidate," Muglia said. "The server requires more bake time than the client. ... The server will ship in the order of three to six months after the client."Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in a recent interview that the company has "taken a hit on Longhorna hit in features more than a hit in schedule. We continue to drive Longhorn forward, but theres no doubt that well take something of a hit in order to make sure we can get the right work done on Windows XP [Service Pack] 2 and the server." Ballmer declined to say what features might be cut. Sources close to the Windows team said that none of the major new features demonstrated at the PDCthe "Avalon" presentation layer, the "WinFS" storage engine and the "Indigo" collaboration componentswill be cut. That suits users such as Riley, who said he does not want Microsoft to ship any product that has problems with application support and security. "We are a business," Riley said. "What we have now works. Dont have us replace it with something that does not, then have me going through a fire drill to get things working again. Delays usually hurt Microsofts cash flow more than its customers. Nothing should be shipped until it is 100 percent ready to be used." Check out eWEEK.coms Windows Center at http://windows.eweek.com for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis. Be sure to add our eWEEK.com Windows news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:
Subsequently, Microsoft officials said that the client will ship in the first half of 2006 and that they are ready to cut some "minor" Longhorn features to meet that deadline.