Security and web integration is key to Longhorn

Wednesday, 29 October 2003, 2:18 PM EST

Although Microsoft repeated that it would release a server version of Longhorn, the company would only discuss the client operating system. It is early days for the Longhorn client and way too early for the Longhorn server, Microsoft officials admitted.

Longhorn is build up of three components on top of a layer of "fundamentals" which include security and technology to make sure there is no conflict between applications and drivers. On top of those fundamentals sit Avalon, WinFS and Indigo, the codenames which, with the Longhorn name itself, have fed the rumour mills.

Avalon is the presentation subsystem of Longhorn, WinFS is the unified storage system built on top of Windows' existing file system NTFS, and Indigo combines all Windows communication technologies.

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