The Next Windows

By Michael Flanakin @ 11:42 AM :: 2827 Views :: Technology, Microsoft :: Digg it!

I started this post a while ago, but have been procrastinating on finishing it. First off, let me say that this isn't anything I've heard from anyone official. I'm merely commenting on my own thoughts. While I haven't seen or heard anyone else talk about this, I'm sure others have come to similar conclusions. I'd definitely be interested in others' thoughts on the subject. Anyway, on with the topic...

Over the years, there's been a lot of talk about old problems still remnant in Windows due to backwards compatibility and the possibility of Windows Vista being the last version in its current state. In a talk around 64-bit Windows, I made a connection between these two ideas. I believe this is already public knowledge, but the next version of Windows Server, codename "Longhorn," is planned to have a 64-bit only version. I don't remember all the technical details to that version, but this is definitely the direction we're moving, as an industry. With that, this might be a good point to cut over to a new, top-to-bottom rewrite of Windows. Taking a second or two to think about it, I can see the current line continually upgraded in an attempt to create a closer migration path between the two versions. Honestly, I can't see an easy transition between two incompatible versions of the OS. I think Microsoft would have to give a much more extended support plan to cover users who aren't willing to cut their existing resources loose so easily.

There's a lot that can be said about this, but I'll leave it at that, for now. I'm definitely interested in what comes out of Microsoft in the coming months. I expect to hear something by mid-year; probably not a lot, but at least a taste with some abstract time tables.