LOS ANGELES, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The world's computer geeks will be closely watching a Los Angeles conference this week, during which Microsoft may provide a glimpse of the next Windows OS.
The sold-out meeting, called the Professional Developers Conference is one of the most important events of the year for Microsoft. The Seattle Times says Microsoft is expected to use the meeting to provide one of the first public looks under the hood of Longhorn -- code name for the next release of Windows, Microsoft's flagship operating system.
Although Longhorn isn't expected to be released until 2005 or later, the newspaper said Microsoft is expected to make public some of Longhorn's underlying code to allow developers an opportunity to start planning products for the new OS.
As many as 7,000 software developers are expected to attend the meeting, with Microsoft also expected to release more details on Whidbey, the code name for the company's next version of the Visual Studio software developer toolkit, and Yukon, the code name for an upcoming version of SQL Server.