Microsoft Building Integration, Management into 'Longhorn' Server

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Microsoft is hard at work to make "Longhorn," the next iteration of its Windows Server product, do more for less. Due in early 2006, the software will feature greater integration and support for WinFX APIs

Microsoft Corp. is hard at work to make "Longhorn," the next iteration of its Windows Server product, do more for less by integrating various server software systems.

To do it, the company plans to extend .Net's capabilities even further with common execution environments and complete .Net Common Language Runtime support, said Valerie Olague, a Windows Server System director, in an interview.

In addition, when Longhorn ships (expected late next year or early in 2006), the new WinFX set of managed APIs that are designed to supersede Win32 will play a big role across all the server stacks, said Olague, in Redmond, Wash.

"Customers will look for all server products to be essentially enabled for the new programming model around WinFX support," Olague said.

"We are also looking at common workflow services, where, say, we take workflow services delivered today in BizTalk Server and essentially bake that into the platform so that workflow is an inherent part of what customers get right out of the box when they ... install Windows Server. BizTalk Server adds additional high-value orchestration capabilities right on top of that," she said.

Microsoft is looking to help customers manage costs by enabling and preconfiguring all its server products for Microsoft Operations Manager support, Olague said.

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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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