Originally posted by Anders
Hmm. That doesn´t really make sense. Longhorn and Vista is two different names for the same: Microsoft next version of Windows. You can say that MS pulled features during the development of Longhorn/Vista. Its not the change of the name that made a difference.
What don't you understand? Longhorn is the code name for post Windows XP which they officially named, Vista.
When it became apparent that WinFS with Spotlight equivalency and more was continuously delaying the project they pulled it and redefined what WinFS was going to provide.
The same was for Avalon and other parts that since the announcement of Vista have redefined their feature sets.
They spent 6 years never meeting their target goals.
They rebranded their target goals, curtailed their overall feature set for developers and repackaged it as Vista.
Either you don't follow the developer blogs for MSDN or you like to give them more slack than is warranted.