Longhorn gets shorter

BusinessWeek has an informative report on Microsoft's change of plans with respect to its next-gen Windows OS. Apparently, the company will be scaling back some of its ambitions in order to hit its 2006 release target. One of the casualties will be the new WinFS file system, whose full implementation will be pushed into a post-Longhorn release code-named Blackcomb. Not all of the decisions about what to cut have been made yet, though:
Windows leaders are meeting through the middle of April to make the hard decisions about which specific features to cut from the operating system. Time is of the essence. Peterson wrote that Microsoft expects to get the first wide-scale test version of the software, known as a beta, out next February.
So no word yet on the rumored virutal memory system for GPUs or anything of that nature. Let's hope most of the best bits make it into the release.

The article also talks a little about the security-oriented Windows XP Service Pack 2 due out in June, with a firewall, anti-virus capabilities, and more aggressive auto updates. The rumors about a "Windows XP Reloaded" are not entirely incorrect, either; that's an internal MS name for a new WinXP ad campaign to start when SP2 ships.

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