Microsoft has once again updated their timeframes for Windows Server 2003 updates. It now looks like Windows Server 2003 SP1 will be 1H 2005 and R2 will be 2006.
The "R2" release of Windows Server 2003 that will include all sorts of enhancements including an HTTPS proxy for RDP has been pushed back to late 2005 or early 2006.
Microsoft didn't make any official comment on Longhorn dates, although I think it's safe to say that will be 2007 at the earliest.
So, what's all this mean for Bear Paw version of Terminal Services? My personal opinion was that it would be released as part of R2 in early 2005. Andrew Lees (Microsoft VP for Server Marketing) told Steven Bink that a ship vehicle has not yet been decided for Bear Paw, and that it all depends on milestones that are not yet set. (source)
My personal opinion is that I'm not sure I believe that Microsoft has to wait for R2 to release Bear Paw. Citrix's biggest protector with regards to Microsoft was Bob Kruger, but he's no longer with Citrix. However, I don't think this alone means that Microsoft is going to suddenly release Bear Paw. Honestly, they have a ton of work to do to get Terminal Server ready for Longhorn, so they might not spend any time on Bear Paw and only release it as part of Longhorn. The bottom line is that I have no idea when (or if) Bear Paw will be released. I would say (a) 1H 2005 as a standalone at the earliest, (b) most likely as part of R2 in 2006, or perhaps (c) waiting as long as Longhorn.
Anyway, the following chart lays out everything as I know it. This is valid as of August 2, 2004.
|Feature||Est. Date||Previous Estimate|
|Windows 2003 SP1||Q1 2005||Q3 2004|
|Windows 2003 "R2"||Q1 2006||1H 2005|
|Longhorn||2007 at least||2006-2007|
|Bear Paw||? R2 or Longhorn ? (2006-2007)||R2 1H 2005|