Mary Jo posted
today with her predictions for Microsoft in ’08 and what do you know on the
top of the list is Fiji. I’ve talked
several times in the past, and ’08 should be the year it finally surfaces. According to Mary Jo, it most likely has
already received a new codename (she suggests Windows 6.5, or something stupid
like it) and it looks like it will ship as part of a big Vista upgrade.
I would guess this will resemble the so-called “XP Reloaded”
push from a few years back when Microsoft shipped Windows XP Service Pack 2
along with several other updates (Media Player 10, Portable Media Centers,
Media Center Extenders, Photo Story, Remote Record, etc). If this is true, I think the push could help
pull Windows Vista off life support (still getting hammered in the press). “Vista+1” is what Microsoft hasused in several internal documents to describe this update.
Mark Jo is expecting the final release around late summer,
which I believe is about what I
suggested six months ago. This
release has to be big for Media Center.
We all know it and Microsoft does as well. I’m expecting new and exciting things, but I
really don’t want to build up hype so much that it all comes crashing down when
something isn’t a part of the release. I
expect Microsoft to hit on some of the major problems, and still ignore others. It will be an exciting 2008, and you know I’ll
be covering it from end-to-end.