Longhorn in 2006: Can Microsoft Really Pull This Off?By Channel Insider Staff | Posted 2005-04-15 Email Print
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Opinion: Will Microsoft be able to deliver a compelling Windows releaseone that still has yet to hit Beta 1by next fall?
Let the (reopened) Longhorn date pools begin!
Will Microsoft really ship a major new versionsomething that's more than just a service pack upgradeof the Windows desktop next year?
Microsoft watchers have been guesstimating since well before the first Longhorn Professional Developer Conference (October 2003) when Microsoft's XP successor would ship.
Starting in earnest last August, when Microsoft gutted Longhorn by
This week, Microsoft's biggest Windows pooh-bah, group vice president Jim Allchin, stated for the record that Microsoft can and will deliver the final version of Longhorn to PC and software makers in time for them to package it up for "holiday 2006." (As usual, all of Microsoft's usual quality disclaimers apply: If the product is not solid, all ship promises are off.)
We told Allchin we were skeptical. Since when has Microsoft been able to deliver in little more than a year a new release of Windows (or even a Windows service pack, for that matter)? Was Longhorn in danger of becoming another Cairo, the object-oriented-file-system-rich version of Windows that disappeared with nary a trace?
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