Microsoft Corp. has announced it will target 2006 for release of its next Windows client operating system, code-named "Longhorn".
"Longhorn" will deliver major improvements in user productivity, important new capabilities for software developers, and significant advancements in security, deployment and reliability. Getting 'Longhorn' to customers in 2006 will provide important advances in performance, security and reliability, and will help accelerate the creation of exciting new applications by developers across the industry," said Bill Gates, chairman and chief software
Microsoft will deliver a Windows storage subsystem, code-named "WinFS," after the "Longhorn" release. The new storage system provides advanced data organization and management capabilities and will be in beta testing when the "Longhorn" client becomes available.
Microsoft also announced that the Windows WinFX developer technologies, including the new graphical presentation subsystem code-named "Avalon" and the new web-services oriented architecture subsystem code-named Indigo, will be made available for Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 in 2006.
Windows "Longhorn" Server operating system is still scheduled to ship in 2007.