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Windows Longhorn definitely not before 2005

Windows Longhorn definitely not before 2005

We have already dealt with the successor to Windows XP, Windows code name Longhorn, several times. After originally assuming a release at the end of 2003 and a short time later shifted the date to mid-2004, a product launch before mid-2005 is now very unlikely.

At an analyst conference, Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates announced that Longhorn would strongly rely on future versions of Microsoft Office and Exchange Server as well as the new SQL Server technology code name 'Yukon', that should be used as the filesystem for Longhorn . These programs are strongly linked to the Longhorn server version that is to appear together with the desktop version. If you consider that Windows .NET (server version for Windows XP, formerly codenamed Whistler) will not come onto the market until the beginning of 2003, and Microsoft takes an average of at least two years of development time for server operating systems (Windows 2000 Server came in February 2000) , an idea of ​​the finished Windows Longhorn is hardly conceivable before 2005. The fundamental question that arises is how long it takes Microsoft to develop the products mentioned. Office 11 will be delivered in mid-2003, so that Longhorn is more likely to merge with Office 12. Here, too, Microsoft will take its time after the launch of Office 11.

We will probably have to wait a whole lot longer for Longhorn. A Windows XP Second Edition is therefore becoming more and more likely. We are also currently working on Windows XP Service Pack 1, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition (formerly code name Mira, including handwriting recognition) and Windows XP Media Center Edition (formerly code name Freestyle, additional multimedia qualities). So let's be surprised.