Windows Vista, the desktop version of the forthcoming Windows Longhorn operating system, will ship without a feature that allows users to access the operating system via a text-based program rather than the traditional Windows graphical user interface. Windows Vista is expected to be out in the second half of 2006.
Called Monad Shell, the tool will be part of later releases of Longhorn, in three to five years’ time, said Microsoft. "Our intention is to synchronise it with both client and server operating systems," said Eric Berg, Microsoft director of product management.
The concern is that if Monad were to be included and enabled by default in a widely used client, it might become an attractive target for hackers.
The first Microsoft product to use Monad Shell will be the next release of Exchange Server, code-named Exchange 12, which is due in 2006, said Berg.
Monad will then be included in the Windows Server version of Longhorn, expected in 2007, and could be available in a future Windows Vista release.