Thursday, March 22, 2007

Microsoft’s Windows ‘Fiji’ on track to debut before Windows Seven

With Microsoft constantly switching up codenames, it's tough to keep track of what's on and what's off. But "Fiji" is on.
As I reported a while back, "Vienna," formerly known as "Blackcomb" is officially known inside Redmond's hallowed halls as Windows 7 (or more accurately, "Windows Seven," kind of like "Oceans Eleven," according to one of my fussy sources). Last year, I reported there was an interim Windows release on the books, code-named Fiji, that was slated to ship some time between Vista and Vienna. Others subsequently reported that Fiji was Vista Service Pack (SP)
Microsoft wouldn't comment either way. Well, it turns out that Fiji is, indeed, an interim Windows release and it is not Vista SP1. Fiji is the codename for the next version of Windows Media Center, according to various sources and blog hints. And Microsoft's plan of record is to release this next Windows Media Center build "out of band," meaning in between core Windows releases.
So the Windows Media Center roadmap looks like this (courtesy of Charlie Owen, a product manager on the Media Center team):
Codename Release Year Freestyle 2002 Harmony 2003 Symphony 2004 Emerald 2005 Diamond 2006 (this is the Media Center release built into Windows Vista Ultimate) Fiji 2007 or 2008 (?) Carefully avoiding the "F" word, Owen blogged on March 14: "Diamond is the version of Windows Media Center which ships with Windows Vista, and is the only version of Windows Media Center (to date) which was synced with a major version of Windows. All prior releases were 'Windows Out Of Band Release' projects — meaning they weren't necessarily tied to a particular shipping date of Windows (or a Windows service pack). Our next version is yet another out of band release and (generally speaking) the team is pretty happy about that because it allows us to get back on our (approximate) yearly schedule of delivering goodness to customers (it was a major feat of engineering load balancing for us to be simultaneously working on 'Emerald' and 'Diamond' at the same time — a story for some other time). For the obvious follow up: Sorry, no dates or specific milestones to share, and past performance is not indicative of future release dates. Suffice it to say we are hard at work defining and coding the next version."

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