Microsoft announced a new road map for Longhorn, its revision to Windows XP. The changes–removing some features and altering others–are designed to let the company have a test version of the software next year and a final release for desktops and notebooks by 2006. A server release is planned for 2007. Microsoft is making changes to all three pillars. WinFS will be available as a beta when the Longhorn release comes out as a client. Microsoft can more fully implement the new storage concept and do so simultaneously for both servers and desktop computers, something that would not have been possible had WinFS been part of Longhorn. Avalon and Indigo will be part of Longhorn, but also made available separately for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. By making Avalon and Indigo work on older machines, Microsoft hopes more developers will want to write software that takes advantage of the new technologies.

Microsoft announced a new road map for Longhorn, its revision to Windows XP. The changes–removing some features and altering others–are designed to let the company have a test version of the software next year and a final release for desktops and notebooks by 2006. A server release is planned for 2007. Microsoft is making changes to all three pillars. WinFS will be available as a beta when the Longhorn release comes out as a client. Microsoft can more fully implement the new storage concept and do so simultaneously for both servers and desktop computers, something that would not have been possible had WinFS been part of Longhorn. Avalon and Indigo will be part of Longhorn, but also made available separately for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. By making Avalon and Indigo work on older machines, Microsoft hopes more developers will want to write software that takes advantage of the new technologies.