Windows Server System Magazine - Understanding Microsoft's Platform Strategies "Longhorn is something of a paradox. It represents both the culmination of the .NET platform strategy Microsoft unveiled during mid-2000 and a new, broad, deeply integrated foundation for future Microsoft software products and solutions. Longhorn can be considered an orderly and evolutionary step forward from Windows XP, but it can also be viewed as a dramatic advance in terms of developer and user conceptual models and core platform capabilities. Longhorn's market trajectory and uptake will remain difficult to project until Microsoft also unveils detailed plans for Office 12 and Green, the code names for the Office System and Microsoft Business Solution releases that will be optimized to fully exploit, and thus increase demand for, Longhorn."
This is the first in a 4-part series of articles I'm writing for Windows Server System Magazine on Microsoft's next-generation platform strategies. Let me know if you have topic suggestions for future columns; I'm going to continue with a monthly column.