Straightening Out the Longhorn Time Frame
Microsoft officials, in spelling out the road map for Windows Server, clarified the company's position on how close the server version of "Longhorn" will ship after the client.Microsoft Corp. officials, in spelling out the road map for Windows Server, last week clarified the companys position on how close the server version of "Longhorn" will ship after the client. Bob Muglia, Microsofts senior vice president for the Windows Server Division, told eWEEK editors last week that the Longhorn server will ship in 2007, at least "six months to a year" after the Longhorn client. Jim Allchin, Microsofts group vice president of platforms, had said earlier this month at WinHEC that the Redmond, Wash., company is synchronizing client and server development to enable them to ship close together. "We will take whatever time is needed to finalize the server, but it will not be years," Allchin had told eWEEK.
Despite the discrepancy, Muglias six-months-to-a-year time frame is still a much shorter gap between client and server operating system releases than is customary for the company. Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, for example, shipped two years apart and required separate development trees and beta-testing cycles. "None of us want to do [that] again," Allchin had said.
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