Announcement: Windows "Longhorn" Client in 2006 and Avalon and Indigo on XP and 2003

Announcement: Windows "Longhorn" Client in 2006 and Avalon and Indigo on XP and 2003

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We announced today that we’re targeting Windows “Longhorn” client for broad release in 2006. Perhaps even more exciting is that key WinFX technologies, specifically Avalon and Indigo, will be made available for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. The last announcement is that WinFS will be delivered after Longhorn is released. All of this is in direct response to feedback indicating that customers want earlier access to these important technologies and across a wider set of operating systems. Personally, I think this is great news for everyone.

Update: Channel 9 has a short 3-minute video with Jim Allchin, Vice President of Platforms, explaining the announcement.

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  • This is the wrong place for this, but for us devs who have been looking forward to developing with ObjectSpaces, this probably means that we're not going to see OS for 3+ years - due to the "Proliferation of DataAccess APIs". It'll be longer until we see a MS provided BCL OR/M tool from MS and frankly, that sucks.. we've been strung along on OS from the get go, and it makes EJB's more compelling...
  • Sean:

    I agree that ObjectSpaces is cool technology, and I was also disappointed when I heard that it would be pushed back into WinFS. I'm equally disappointed to hear that it might be even longer before it's a service that we can simply assume is part of the operating system. However, the project I'm currently working on has been using OR/M with .NET for over a year-and-a-half with great success. Yes, we had hoped to use ObjectSpaces, but it turns out that there are *many* (over 15 at last count) capable OR/M systems out there for .NET. I'd encourgage you to take a look.
  • It's unfortunate that we have to go the third party route, as that'll mean $$. But I guess we don't have a choice. It'll be real nice to get Avalon in XP, but why W2k3?
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  • David:

    The customer I'm working with has had very good success with OJB.NET, an Open Source project at SourceForge: http://ojb-net.sourceforge.net/
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