In the new Windows regime, all references to Windows futures seem to be verboten.
After I linked to Windows Media Center Product Manager Charlie Owens' post about Microsoft's release plans for the next version of Media Center (code-named "Fiji,"), Owens pulled his post and deleted from his blog all references to "Fiji."
I've been getting some interesting tips and updates on Fiji since my post Monday. Tipsters are describing Fiji as primarily a collection of fixes and updates to the Media Center functionality that Microsoft delivered in Vista. But it also will include some new features aimed at consumers interested in extending their video/music/photo/TV experiences, they say.
How Fiji will be delivered — given that it will arrive "out of band" before Windows Seven (which is currently slated for 2009) is not clear. One source said that Microsoft is aiming to deliver Fiji this year, but that Fiji will require some of the fixes and updates Microsoft plans to deliver as part of Vista Service Pack (SP) 1, which is expected to hit later this year (around the same time as Longhorn Server ships). So it's up in the air as to whether Fiji will be a 2007 or 2008 deliverable, the source said.
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