Microsoft Notebook: Eyes are on Longhorn "Microsoft Corp. executive Jim Allchin answered definitively when reporters recently pressed him to say when the company would release the next major version of the Windows operating system.
"Sometime in the future," the Windows group vice president said.
Allchin's response, more than showing his sense of humor, underscored the uncertainty surrounding the timing of the next Windows release, code-named Longhorn. It's an issue with deep implications for Microsoft's business and for corporate users of the operating system.
During his Charlie Rose interview, Gates acknowledged the effect: "Absolutely, the Longhorn schedule has taken a back seat to our top priority -- the broad issues around reliability, security, spam, all of which we call trustworthy computing," he said."