This article is "pinned", for newer articles scroll down. Just like last year, I made a list of what releases we can expect from Microsoft in 2006. Last year's list turned out to be pretty accurate, the only things wrong weren't my mistakes but delays or change of plans.If you think someting is missing or wrong please let me know through a comment or sending an email to news at bink nu.This list is based on facts, assumptions and wild guesses. It will be updated by your feedback!
Windows Server System
Windows Server 2003 R2
RTM 6 december 2005, VOL and OEM available Q1 2006
Windows Storage Server 2003 R2
RTM Q1 2006. Available through OEM Q1 2006
Windows Server 2003 Compute Cluster Edition
Beta2 Q4 2005, RTM Q2 2006
Windows Server 2003 SP2
Beta? RTM Q4 2006
Exchange 2007 (12)Beta 1 dec 14 2005, Beta 2 mid 2006, RTM Q1 2007
SQL 2005 SP1 /data mirroring feature
ISA 2004 SP2
Speech Server 2004
Public Beta july 2006, RTM Nov 2006, TAP opens may 2006
SMS 2003 SP2Q2 2006?WSUSsp1Application CenterApplication Center 2000 is the current Microsoft solution for scaling Web sites, Web services, and component-based applications. Microsoft realizes the importance of the value that Application Center provides, performing a specific set of tasks for the deployment and scale-out management of today's COM+ and Web applications built on Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003. As part of the overall System Center management roadmap, Microsoft is currently working on alternate plans for delivering Application Server Management functionality. Microsoft will stand behind both current and new customers of Application Center and will enable a smooth transition to the infrastructure provided through System Center.
More details on the roadmap and support will be provided by the end of February 2006SMS v4Q4 2005 Preview, Q1 2006 Beta 1, Q4 2006 Beta 2, H1 2007 RC, H1 2007 RTMBiztalk 2006Beta 2 dec 2005, RTM Q2 2006Commerce Server 2006RTM Q1 2006Microsoft Client ProtectionThe corporate Anti Spyware, Beta Dec 2005, More details Q1 2006, Release 2007Longhorn ServerBeta1 Q3 2005, Beta 2 2006, RTM Q1 2007Identity Integration Services (MIIS)SP2 Q2 2006MIIS 4.0 Gemini (2007 or Longhorn + 3 months)• Codeless provisioning• Rich workflow• Centralised auditing and reporting• Computed attributes and relationship engine • Self-entitlement management • Self-service platform• Generic LDAP MA (OpenLDAP) Host Integration Server 2006?Corporate Error Reporting 3.0announced in 2004 for 2005 release, never seen or heard anyting in 2005 IIS 7Part of Longhorn ServerADS 2.0?Virtual ServerVS2005 R2 rtm nov 2005VS vNext 2006RTM 2006Windows Hypervisor (90 days after longhorn server)
System Center Essentials 2006
System Center Capacity Planner 2006
Q4 2005 Beta, Q1 RTM
System Center Reporting Manager 2006
Data Protection Manager 2007
RTM 2007, Deeper application support for Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, Windows Sharepoint Services. Other Microsoft apps, Advanced data protection features, Bare Metal Recovery, Cluster Support and Deeper SAN integration.
Beta 1 Q3 2005, Beta 2 Q1 2006, RTM H2 2006
Virtual PC EXPRESS
Release March 2006, Part of Windows Vista Enterprise (SA only)Windows Defenderpart of Vista and release for XP in 2006Windows Desktop Search Enterprise
RTM’ed Nov 2005
Internet Explorer 7
Part of Vista, For winXP/2003 Beta 2 Q1 2006, Not part of Service Pack for XP or 2003!
Windows XP Service Pack 3
Office Communicator Web Access
RTM Q1 2006
Office 2006 (12)
Beta 1 Q4 2005, Beta 2
Office System 12 Servers:
SharePoint v3 (12)
Excel Server 12
Project Server 12
Business Scorecard Manager 2005, ?
Content Management Server vNext
integrated in Sharepoint Server v3?
Live Communication Server 2006
H2 2006, Live meeting included!
Live Meeting 2006 (Online Service)
webcam support and 2-way VoIP
FoxPro 9.0 sp1 RTM dec 2005, "Sedna" RTM H1 2007
Small and Medium Business line
Small business Server 2003 R2
Q1 2006Longhorn Small Business ServerBeta H2 200690 after LH Server release in 2007"Centrino" Medium Business ServerBeta H2 200690 after LH Server release in 2007Office Small Business Management Edition 2006?
SBS 2003 Service Pack 2Q4 2006Office Small Business Accounting 2006
Outlook 2003 with Business Contact Manager Update
Encarta 2007Summer 2006Money 2007Summer 2006Digital Image Suite 2007Summer 2006Streets & Trips 2007Summer 2006Autoroute 2007Fall 2006Windows Live Messenger 8Q1 2006Education
Student 2007Summer 2006Class Server?
Encarta 2007Summer 2006
Microsoft Dynamics (Business Solutions)
Dynamics CRM 3.0RTM 5 dec 2005
Dynamics AX 2006Axapta
Dynamics NAV 2006Navision
Dynamics SL 2006RTM Q4 2005
Dynamics GP 2006RTM Dec 19 2005
in 2007 Dynamics will merge ERP products in to 1 product
Microsoft Retail Management System
Microsoft Small Business Financials
Microsoft Point of SaleMc Donalds Edition ;-)