Maybe it's the gift that keeps on giving? Microsoft Watch reported today that two more features are being removed from the R2 update to Windows Server 2003: "Network Access Protection" (Quarantine) and "Anywhere Access" (RDP and SMB over HTTPS proxy).
This means that R2 now "officially" will not contain any Terminal Server-related updates whatsoever.
This is good news for Citrix. Microsoft's "Anywhere Access" SSL Proxy will compete with Citrix's Secure Gateway, and Microsoft's Network Access Protection will allow customers to build environments that mimic Citrix's "Smart Access" technology without actually buying any products from Citrix.
Microsoft is also saying that they're still shooting for a 2005 release of R2, which I guess will be pretty easy to hit if they strip R2 so bare that it only contains technologies from feature packs that have already been available for a long time anyway. (Active Directory Application Mode, Windows SharePoint Services, etc.)