More Terminal Server Roadmap / Bear Paw Features E

Posted by bink on October 2 2003, 6:36 PM. Posted in Windows (general).

can't believe this information wasn't picked up sooner... It looks like some major details about Microsoft's future Terminal Server direction were revealed way back on June 4 at a TechEd breakout session presented by Adam Henderson (a Terminal Server program manager for Microsoft). His presentation (download here) was entitled "Terminal Services In Windows Server 2003 Technical Overview."

Slide 17 is titled "Product Roadmap, What's Next for Terminal Services?" The slide then mentions the following features for the Longhorn/Blackcomb timeframe:

  • Application Publishing
  • Remote Apps Integrated Locally
  • Collaboration
  • Single Sign-on
  • Multimedia
  • More, more, more!

It should be noted that this does not necessarily represent the official position of Microsoft regarding the future of Terminal Services. Rather, this is just what one program manager within Microsoft mentioned in one presentation.

Technically, this presentation took place before the term "Bear Paw" was made public. Bear Paw refers to the next edition of Terminal Server which is rumored to be part of Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2003. The features listed in this presentation are listed as Longhorn/Blackcomb Terminal Server features which means that they might technically be "post Bear Paw" enhancements (or "rumors of rumors"). Then again, these could be all Bear Paw features that are planned for SP2, and the presenter of this presentation just listed them as generic future features. Either way, it is interesting to see the features that at least some people in Microsoft believe are being developed into the new versions of Terminal Server.

What's interesting about this feature list is that it shows that Microsoft seems to be genuinely interested in integrating Terminal Server with the other mainstream servers and technologies. The local/remote application integration works well with Remote Installation Services, SMS, and Microsoft's overall vision of making applications easier to deploy. The multimedia and collaboration capabilities indicate that Microsoft may be trying to tie Terminal Server capabilities into NetMeeting (a la Citrix Conferencing Manager).