Thanks mattking who has posted in our forums what he claims to be feedback from Microsoft insiders and/or those in the know, judging by the content and what I've read around the net recently I have no reason to doubt these claims, so for your viewing pleasure: Microsoft speaks out, via via....
I thought I would just update you about a few things some people who know MS employees have told me.
- LONGHORN UPDATES
- Longhorn IS a client only release and will be the next major version of Windows.
- According to information provided there will not be a Windows XP Second Edition or any other derivative / similar product.
- Longhorn will introduce many new technologies and support for more existing ones.
- Some have suggested it is has been completely redesigned using the .NET Framework as a basis although this rumor is not factual as yet so do not hold me to it! The suggestion for this is that it would create a far more secure and bug free operating system which is MS's main aim with future deployments.
- It is still uncertain as to the finals of Longhorn (after all we are only in basic alpha testing!) Thus things may change. For a full detail on the alpha visit winsupersite.com
- UPDATE: The XP Second Edition theory may be existent but not a "new" operating system like 98, likely a very large service pack one guy suggested to me about the size of a CD (Rumour). This is very much indispute and from what I can tell this discussion is still on the MS tables.
- Blackcomb is the codename for the next server release of Windows and will be the most secure and feature driven server ever.
- Not much is known as yet as the focus is on the imminent release of Windows .NET Server 2003, look at that for a basis of what is to come.
News source: In house