An insiders view on the implications of Avalon being deployed on XP and 2003 Server

Joe Beda has some very interesting comments on his blog about the impact of the changes in the Longhorn roadmap on Avalon.  The most interesting snip for me was:

Terminal Services and Remote Desktop. We were planning on remoting Avalon at a completely different layer.  It is unclear how we will address this issue on platforms other than Longhorn.  The long term plan and architecture still encompass enhanced remoting.

I liked his concluding comment:

What is your personal opinion on these changes, Joe? Thanks for asking!  Personally I’m really excited by these changes.  It is painful to have to sacrifice (at least when running on XP and W2k3 — they may “light up on Longhorn”) some of the features that require deep changes to the system but the overall result of being able to deliver Avalon to XP and W2k3 outweigh that pain dramatically.  Anything we can do to get Avalon out the door on a more deterministic schedule and to deliver it to a wider audience of developers seems like a good thing to me.

Everyone in Microsoft is saying that they are exited, its the party line but I do think its the right decision.  I will be posting in a minute on some of the concerns, but overall tough decisions have been taken.

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

1 Response

  1. Anonymous says:

    well it seems it was not just the party line:

    The decision to leave Microsoft has been a very difficult one. I still believe in the Avalon vision and plan. I’m more excited than ever about the technology. Even though I knew that I was going to leave a couple of weeks ago, I meant everything that I’ve posted and said. You can be sure that my excitement over the recent changes to the Longhorn and Avalon ship plans aren’t the company line. If I disagreed I would have said so. What are they going to do, fire me? In some ways I feel like I’ve made my impact on the Avalon project. I’ve been there since the start and helped shape what it is today. There is a lot of work to do yet, but the broad strokes are in place. Now I’m just like most of you reading this: I’m going to be a user of the Avalon technology instead of one of the guys developing it. I wish those losers would get off their butts and ship already šŸ™‚

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