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.