Macworld UK - Engineers pulled off Gates' Longhorn "A first beta-release of the next version of Windows will likely be delayed until next year because Microsoft is concentrating first on a security-focused update to Windows XP, the company said yesterday.
Microsoft had said it would deliver a beta version of Longhorn, the code name for the next Windows release, in mid-2004. However, the test version is now expected in early 2005 because many developers working on Longhorn have been reassigned to work on Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows XP, a Microsoft spokesman said.
"Based on what has happened over the past year in the area of security, we took a look at what was going on with Windows ... and pulled resources from Longhorn development in order to deliver Windows XP Service Pack 2. That slightly impacted the beta schedule for Longhorn," said Greg Sullivan, lead product manager for Windows at Microsoft.
Windows XP SP2, scheduled for release in the first half of this year, is more than the usual roll-up of bug fixes and updates. Microsoft is using the update to make significant changes to Windows that are designed to improve security in four main areas: network protection, memory protection, e-mail and Web browsing."
(I don't buy the conventional wisdom later in the article about Yukon/Whidbey slips meaning a direct Longhorn slip, however.)