It’s been a year since I reported that Microsoft was working on an update to Terminal Services that was codenamed “Bear Paw.” In the past year, there has been a lot of speculation about what Bear Paw was and when it would be released. The recent rumors have suggested that it would be included as part of the “R2” update of Windows Server 2003.
Last night I conversation with Microsoft’s Terminal Server Product Manager, Mike Schutz. He told me the enhancements to Terminal Services would not be in R2, but would most likely be part of the next major platform release (i.e. 2007).
However, the “anywhere access” component of Windows Server would still be part of R2. From a Terminal Services standpoint, this will include the RDP over HTTPS proxy functionality as previously reported.
This is great news for Citrix. (Even though they weren’t “officially” worried, this should help them focus on Presentation Server for the next few years.) In fact, Citrix will probably send a tech note out to their partners and channel stating this and saying something about how you can’t trust what you read from rumor sites.