Longhorn: jedna ili više verzija?

Longhorn: jedna ili više verzija?

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As details begin to circulate about Microsoft's next-generation operating system, one question that's coming up is how many different editions of the OS will end up on the Redmond, Wash.-based developer's price list.

Microsoft insider Paul Thurrott, who publishes the SuperSite for Windows Web site, claims that Longhorn will ship in seven, count 'em, seven different versions when the operating system wraps. (According to Thurrott, the OS is now scheduled to release to manufacturing -- meaning it's heading to duplication -- in late May 2006.)

Among the seven editions, said Thurrott on his site, are a Starter Edition (similar to Windows XP Starter, the edition Microsoft's pitching to developing countries), Home, Premium/Media, Professional, Small Business, Mobility/Tablet PC, and finally, something he dubbed ""ber" Edition.

This version, said Thurrott, will be "a new product edition that bridges the consumer and business versions and includes all of the features from the Home, Premium, Pro, Small Business, and Tablet PC Editions (but not Starter Edition)."

Other analysts aren't so sure Microsoft will flood the channel with a plethora of products.

"I see two routes Microsoft could take to Longhorn," said JupiterResearch's Joe Wilcox. "On the on [hand], all functionality rolls into a single operating system, where use determines features. On the other, Microsoft increases differentiation. I can see why they would want to do it both ways."

If time to market is any concern, said Wilcox, then the all-in-one approach, where Longhorn is delivered as a single code edition and hardware vendors are left to create its different uses, will be how Microsoft attacks the issue. "That's the fastest way to get [Longhorn] out the door," said Wilcox.

The anticipated Longhorn delivery date has already been pushed back several times, and some major features -- such as the new WinFS file system -- have been cut out of the OS and will be scheduled for separate release later.

"Microsoft has already chucked some features, and now they're saying a beta or two in 2005? Now's the time for Microsoft to look at the progress and make a decision. Actually, that should have been decided already."

If that's the route Microsoft takes, it would be up to the hardware manufacturers to decide how to differentiate their products. "If the question is getting the product out the door faster, one operating system makes the most sense," said Wilcox.

But he hedged his bet by noting that if past Microsoft action are any indicator, there will be plenty of Longhorn variations. "Microsoft's tendency is to create more versions [of a product] where there's an opportunity to tie back to server software and collect more client-access license fees." Good examples of such moves have been Visual Studio .Net 2005 and Office 2003.

Another reason to split Longhorn into a myriad of editions is to keep hardware makers happy, since an all-in-one OS would likely cost more for manufacturers to license. "Some of these [hardware] guys are already breaking ranks," said Wilcox, pointing out Hewlett-Packard's deals with Apple to make iPod music devices and Dell's flirting with Linux. "Microsoft has to keep the partners happy."

But if differentiation is the name of the game and multiple OSes do appear, Wilcox urged Microsoft to "make a real difference between versions," and not make the mistake of Windows XP Home and Professional, where the two were identical except for pricing and a few advanced networking features in the latter.

Both Wilcox and Thurrott expect more details to emerge, especially at April's WinHEC (Windows Hardware Engineering Conference) in Seattle.

"I'm sure a decision will be made by WinHEC, but the sooner the better," concluded Wilcox.

http://www.crn.com/sections/breakingnews/dailyarchives.jhtml?articleId=57701550



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Sajt Information Week tvrdi da će Microsoft naredne godine predstaviti čak sedam verzija svog Windows Longhorn operativnog sistema. Poznavalac prilika u Microsoftu, Pol Tarot, tvrdi da će Longhorn izaći krajem maja, a svaka od njegovih verzija će biti namenjena drugačijoj korisničkoj grupi. Postojaće Strarter Edition verzija za zemlje trećeg sveta, Home, Premium/Media, Professional, Small Business, Mobility/Tablet PC, kao i još jedna edicija čije ime nije poznato i koja će posedovati sve mogućnosti iz prethodnih verzija. Pojedine verzije Longhorna će biti jeftinije od drugih, što će omogućiti proizvođačima računara da više diferenciraju konfiguracije u svojoj ponudi. Ovaj put bi različite verzije operativnog sistema trebalo da imaju posebne mogućnosti zavisno od namene, za razliku od situacije kod Windows XP-a gde je Home verzija bila u stvari samo Proffesional Edition sa par isključenih opcija.



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m4rk0 ::Ovaj put bi različite verzije operativnog sistema trebalo da imaju posebne mogućnosti zavisno od namene, za razliku od situacije kod Windows XP-a gde je Home verzija bila u stvari samo Proffesional Edition sa par isključenih opcija.Tih par opcija su taman dovoljne da ne može da pristojno radi u "Domain" okruženju.

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