Will Vista SP1 be a bridge to Longhorn Server?

Will Vista SP1 be a bridge to Longhorn Server?

Summary: Word on the street is Microsoft's grand plan calls for Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 to hit right about the same time as Longhorn Server.

TOPICS: Windows

When Microsoft launches Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 in New York on November 30, company officials will emphasize how the three products work well on their own, but will work a lot "better together."

But what about Longhorn Server? Does that fit into the equation, too, even though it isn't slated to roll out until the latter half of 2007?

Early word on the street is Microsoft's grand plan calls for Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 to hit right about the same time as Longhorn Server. (I have to say I'm somewhat skeptical that Microsoft will be able deliver so quickly, given that SP3 for Windows XP isn't set to arrive until 2008, which will make it four years after XP SP2 launched. But given the fact that many businesses wait until SP1 to deploy a new operating system, the Softies might have reason to rush.)

Not too surprisingly, the Windows client team isn't ready to talk SP1 at all.

"The team is really focused on getting Windows Vista through GA (general availability), and it would be premature to discuss a timeframe for service packs to the operating system," said a corporate spokeswoman.

Whether or not Vista SP1 and Longhorn Server actually do launch in relative proximity, Microsoft still has its better-together ducks in a row and is laying the foundations for explaining how its newest client and server releases will reinforce each other.

I foundsaw a recent blog post from Microsoft Technical Specialist James Senior on this very topic. How will Vista and Longhorn Server work better together?

* More efficient management/deployment, with event forwarding between client and server and network quarantining capabilities, courtesy of Network Access Protection

* Greater availability via seamless offline experience and policy-based quality of service capabilities

* Faster commmunications with native IPV6, improved file-sharing over high-latency links; fast enterprise search on clients and servers There are other Vista-Longhorn Server synergies, too, as Senior points out.

About seventy percent of the codebase between Vista and Longhorn Server is shared. And in the case that "vulnerabilities (are) found in Windows Vista, updates made to the codebase will be incorporated into the Longhorn codebase in realtime so the product is secure by default when launched."

Given the extent to which Vista and Longhorn Server are joined at the hip, a simultaneous Vista SP1 and Longhorn Server release sounds like it would make a lot of sense.

Topic: Windows


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • I'll be building a server based on Windows Longhorn Server.

    Instead of relying on a dedicated server or shared hosting, I wanted to keep up on latest in technologies such as Visual Studio code-named "Atlas," Windows Workflow Foundation (sequential/state machine), ASP.net (although ASP.net 2.0 has already been released last year), etc.
    Grayson Peddie
    • My mistake in the subject: replace "based on" -> "and install"

      Sorry I didn't correct it. Also, I get some kind of a glitch, like "AuthorID is a required parameter."
      Grayson Peddie
  • I just upgraded last year to 2003 all around, not going to upgrade.

    I think they are getting ahead of their own software. They just released sp1 for 2003 last year and they said they wont release sp2 till next year. How do they expect companies to keep upgrading to the new product if they introduce one every 3 years? Most people dont change out server but every 5 years unless they need them. Not to mention the fact that propreitary software companies have to alter their code to work with the lastest server and whatever microsoft breaks.

    such a pain sometimes. Hell they didnt even make THEIR OWN PRODUCT, MS dynamics, work with sp1 for more than 8 months. I was told this would not happen again, but how am i supposed to trust their update and new software when i have to look at their website to make sure the new stuff works with their existing stuff.