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2003

It’s Official: Longhorn Slated for 2006

Eric Meyer’s comment Friday about Microsoft’s next OS, Longhorn, may have actually been a little generous:

(Yes, I can count: Microsoft’s Longhorn launch date of 2005 says to me it’ll actually launch in 2006. I’m just drawing a historical inference here.)

Today Mary Jo Foley reported in her Microsoft Watch weblog:

It’s Official: No Longhorn Until 2006, by Mary Jo Foley, October 11, 2003.

Microsoft execs at last have admitted publicly, at last, that Longhorn will not ship in 2005. Does it matter?

At Microsoft’s worldwide partner conference this week, Microsoft finally admitted that Longhorn won’t see the light of day until 2006.

This isn’t a guess on my part, educated or otherwise. Or flame bait. Or conjecture. This is straight from the horses' mouths.

At the show this week, several Microsoft execs casually slipped into their presentations that Longhorn is three years away from debut. Last time I did the math, that was not 2005, as promised just a few months ago. Nor is it even the wishy-washy "2005+" that a few execs had taken to attaching to their product timetables. The new target is 2006, plain and simple.

Well, if Microsoft is saying 2006, does that really mean 2007? Ugh. It’s even worse than we thought for our browser situation.

06:28 pm, pdt11 October, 2003 Comments, Trackbacks ·

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