Microsoft, obviously taking a cue from my Future of Windows Web site, has posted a set of Web pages describing directions the company is taking with Windows NT 5.0, due next year. To quote from the site:

Windows NT Server is the platform with a vision for the future. Version 4.0 is setting the standard as the most complete server platform for the intranet. Its integrated, comprehensive, and easy-to-use suite of services make it the best choice for today's server computing needs. But we realize you want to move beyond where you are today, into much more distributed environments with even more comprehensive intranet functionality. And we're committed to delivering on these needs.

We are already well on our way to delivering the next generation of Windows NT Server technologies, building on version 4.0 as a base. From today forward, you'll enjoy an incredibly smooth migration path as we deliver these technologies. In fact, by running your intranet on Window NT Server 4.0 today, you're ensuring that you have the technology base to move to these next-generation services.

Enhanced distributed, hierarchical directory services, robust distributed security, ActiveX server components and application scripting, transaction processing middleware, message queuing, fault-tolerant server clusters, and many more features and technologies are well into development. Many of these technologies are already being tested in customer environments today and will soon be widely available.

Get your network ready for these amazing advances in technology by installing Windows NT Server today and be a part of the platform of the future.

Want more information?
Platform for the Future (Microsoft)
Windows NT 5.0 Server Whitepapers (Microsoft)
Microsoft Message Queue Server (Microsoft)