Windows Longhorn Server and Vista Service Pack 1

Interesting post about Microsoft backing off on their statements that they are releasing Windows Longhorn Server and Windows Vista SP1 at the same time. In November of last year, Bob Muglia, a senior vice president for server and tools at Microsoft, said that Windows Server Longhorn and Windows Vista Service Pack 1 would ship “simultaneously.” This would make lots of sense because it is one source code base for both products. But, when asked, Microsoft has backed away from this statement.

Windows Server is the nucleus of Microsoft’s enterprise strategy, around which all other products?even Windows client?revolve. Longhorn’s eventual release, which Microsoft claims will be later this year, will likely set off major software upgrades, including Office 2007 and Windows Vista.

The release date of either or both products is important to Microsoft and its customers. There is a huge opportunity for Microsoft if the Big Bang theory proves to be true. If there is a delay in the offing, Microsoft wouldn’t want to say. Businesses testing for Vista deployments might forestall the process.

Then there is the enormous impact on other products. Many IT organizations will choose to take one bitter pill, coordinated Exchange Server 2007, Longhorn Server, Office 2007 and Vista deployments around the same time, rather than many pills over time. Hence, the Big Bang, and all contingent on answering the question “When?” Source: Microsoft’s ‘Big Bang’ Is When?

Now they say it is too early to really give a release date for Vista’s service pack 1, etc, etc, I figure, if it is going to be later than that, they won’t tell until the last moment anyway, they don’t want those shops that are testing Windows Vista to stop what they are doing. I never really did agree with doing a bunch of critical apps all at once, they only upside is you aren’t constantly updating everyone’s computer with software rollouts of the new stuff, but it just seems crazy to do Exchange, the Domain servers, the clients at the same time, sounds like you are asking for trouble.