Some news sites claim Microsoft will release a new version of Windows Server ahead of Longhorn. Something is coming, but not necessarily along the lines of a Windows Server 2004 or 2005. . . .
My recommendation to Microsoft: Do release updates to both Windows operating systems; whether theyre new versions is a marketing decision that should have little real customer impact beyond the hype about so-called Longhorn delays. The updates would help bring the install base of both operating systems onto the most current code and create an opportunity to realign release cycles. Particularly as “Integrated Innovation” advances, there would be good reason to synch up Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server, hopefully in preparation for simultaneous or near-simultaneous Longhorn desktop and server releases. [Microsoft Monitor]