With the Windows XP launch behind it, Microsoft turned its attention to the future. This future was to include several Windows initiatives with 2002 deliverables, some public and some yet to be revealed.
Microsoft had promised to ship Windows XP Tablet PC Edition by the end of 2002, for example. But it was also prepping the next major release of Windows Server, then still called Windows .NET Server, and the first servicing update for Windows XP, called Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1). Longhorn development would speed through a set of “alpha” pre-release internal builds in 2002 before an external beta. Microsoft had yet another Windows XP variant, this one aimed at so-called Media Center PCs, that it would unveil at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2002. And there were, of course, lesser releases aimed at vertical markets, like Windows XP Embedded and new variants of Windows CE, all of which would spread Windows XP’s NT-based DNA to new device categories.