"The press made an issue out of [the release date] for Windows 2000, made an issue out of the date versus an issue out of quality," he said. This was a monster release beyond anything we had tried to do. That will be followed by a broad first beta next year, said Jim Allchin, group vice president of Microsoft's Windows Platform Group, at the same summer event attended by Gates.
But Microsoft has never really announced a Longhorn release date, opting instead to refer to dates that are usually a few years out, owing to the complexity of what the company hopes to achieve with the Longhorn release.But that doesn't stop half the tech industry from reporting on a delay, and if this is how the next two years are going to go, it's going to feel like an eternity. We'll do right by our customers." Microsoft Corp.The delay stories arose from comments various Microsoft executives made recently in interviews. In fact, the tune from Redmond hasn't really changed, with each executive highlighting the fact that Longhorn is a major release wave encompassing several products and numerous technologies, and that such a complex product will be released only when it's ready. has once again shifted the schedule for the release of "Longhorn," the company's next major version of Windows, leaving some users up in the air about an upgrade path."We do not yet know the time frame for Longhorn, but it will involve a lot of innovative and exciting work," Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said recently. Microsoft executives from Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates on down have long described Longhorn as the Redmond, Wash., company's most revolutionary operating system to date.When asked about Longhorn in a Computerworld interview last week, Microsoft group vice president Jim Allchin was similarly vague. And we're not going to be at Beta 1 at the PDC [Professional Developers Conference in late October]. The product was originally expected to ship next year.