Report: Microsoft to release ‘Longhorn beta 1’ by June 2005

“Microsoft is on track to release the first full test version of the next major Windows release by the end of June, a Microsoft executive told CNET on Monday. The company has said publicly that Beta 1 of Longhorn would arrive by the end of 2005, though internally, the company has been aiming for a release by midyear. The final version of Longhorn is slated for the second half of next year,” Ina Fried reports CNET News.

“‘There will be a beta 1 of Longhorn…happening in the first half of this year,’ John Montgomery, a director in Microsoft’s developer division, said during an interview at VSLive, a conference devoted to the company’s Visual Studio .Net toolkit. Microsoft released a developer preview version of Windows at the Professional Developers Conference in the fall of 2003 and updated that early code last spring,” Fried reports. “However, Longhorn has changed significantly since then, with Microsoft announcing changes in August affecting all three of the key pillars of Longhorn. Two of the components–a presentation engine called Avalon and a Web services architecture called Indigo–are being pulled out of the next Windows release so they can be offered for both Longhorn and the current generation of Windows operating systems. The third major component, a reworking of the Windows file system known as WinFS, has been delayed past Longhorn’s release and is expected to be in beta testing when Longhorn ships. It is unclear when WinFS will be integrated into Windows itself.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Castrated in the womb, Longhorn doesn’t sound like it’s going to be a pretty picture upon arrival.


  1. Bill Gates has a small penis, or so I’ve been told.

    Oh, just forget it, NoMacForYou took the wind from my sails. Now I just can’t come up with anything.

  2. It was a joke…I know all of you have already used longhorn, as it is just a “more” bloated” XP right? Or wait..ITS OS X.3

    “Reaction” As in for every ACTION there is a REACTION.

  3. Speaking of Microsoft and beta versions… is it just me, or has Microsoft released awfully many beta or pre-release versions of its software lately? Didn’t they open their music store in beta phase? And then this adware/anti-virus software… yes, releasing beta version of an operating system is competely diffenrent thing, but it doesn’t look good when all they can release is BETA something. Which, of course, gives Mac users something to rant about. 😀

  4. Hm.

    Tiger will be available in the first half of 2005.

    Longhorn Beta 1 will be available in the first half of 2005.

    It will be interesting to see who releases first. Of course, the theory is that Apple will release Tiger before Microsoft release Longhorn Beta because Microsoft will have to copy it. But I could see Microsoft trying to release it first to steal a little thunder from Tiger.

  5. Yeah, they have been releasing more and more beta’s. The difference between todays beta and beta’s a year or two ago, is that today, they actually materialize into usable product, instead of being labeled as vaporware. Hey, at least they arent paper launching anything these days..

  6. Did he really say ‘in the first half of 2005’? Isn’t that the exact same words Jobs used to describe when Tiger would be ready?

    I reckon MS will try to steal Apple’s OSX release thunder, by taking some air time, but that everyone will compare the Windows beta to Tiger. It will be looked at as the big event.

    And we all know how that one goes, don’t we?

  7. Already posted this in the Fortune article thread, but I really need someone calming me down. So:

    “Anyone notice this in the Fortune article?

    “This spring, Apple will unveil Tiger, an update of its OS X operating system that, at $129 a pop, will generate hundreds of millions of dollars of high-profit sales.”
    This spring? Is this just a mistake or does the writer have some kind of inside info?
    I mean “spring” ends in what, April-May? Surely June can’t be counted as spring?

    What is this???”

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