Microsoft is reportedly is planning on releasing the first full beta version of their Longhorn operating system by the end of June. This release will be primarily aimed at developers, but according to John Montgomery, a director in Microsoft’s developer division, “I do, however, expect that you will find IT departments starting to look at it, kick the tires, figure out what’s in it and what’s not in it.”
A developer preview of Longhorn was released in fall 2003 to a group of developers, but has undergone significant changes since. One of the most significant changes is the removal of the file system WinFS, a replacement to the current NTFS. WinFS was scheduled to be part of Longhorn, but has now been pushed back.