Microsoft Shares Longhorn Networking Details
Led by Jawad Khaki, corporate vice president of Microsofts networking and devices technologies division, the Microsoft Windows execs participated in an hour-long Web chat on the topic of Longhorn Networking.
Ironically, the chat, attended by nearly 300 participants at one point, was plagued by constant connectivity problems. Nonetheless, the execs provided answers to a number of high-level Longhorn networking questions.
Longhorn client is due out in 2006; the server variant is slated for 2007.
Microsoft has said to expect Longhorn to consist of three core "pillars," or subsystems: Avalon, the presentation subsystem; Indigo, the communications one; and a catch-all "Fundamentals" category, consisting of enhancements to Windows core networking, security, performance and reliability functionality.
Microsoft is expected to release a Longhorn alpha around the time of its Windows Hardware Engineering conference in late April. A first beta is expected by testers this summer.
Khaki opened Tuesdays chat with a warning: "Of course this is all subject to change." But he also shared an outline of Microsofts current Longhorn networking priorities. These included:
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