Gates points to 2006 Longhorn release

“Microsoft Corp. chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates on Monday pointed to 2006 as the release year for the next version of Windows, code-named Longhorn.

Speaking at Gartner Inc.’s Symposium/ITexpo event in San Diego, Gates stopped short of setting 2006 as the year for Longhorn, but said that industry speculation that the operating system will come out in 2006 is ‘probably valid speculation.’ “