Windows XP to Go One More Round?
Possible Windows XP Reloaded to follow mid-year release of XP SP2.
Depending upon whom you ask, Longhorn is due in 2006, or 2007, or who knows. Since major new releases of Windows always take longer than Microsoft and the market expect, there is now talk of an XP revamp. Similar to Windows 98 Second Edition, the update would fill the five to six year gap between XP and Longhorn.
Microsoft opened the door to such talk with public concessions that it is “considering” releasing Windows XP Reloaded sometime after the security focused Windows XP Service Pack 2 launches in mid-2004. Microsoft hasn’t listed possible features for this possible XP release.
Some worry that any work on XP will take away from Longhorn, delaying its release further. However, a modest update could be handled by those responsible for maintenance releases, keeping Longhorn on track.
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.