Vista Server?

Vista Server?

Summary: Now that Windows Vista is done (and is already being pirated and hacked), Windows watchers' thoughts are turning to Longhorn Server. So it's fair to askwhat the final name of Microsoft's successor to Windows Server 2003 will be.

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Now that Windows Vista is done (and is already being pirated and cracked), Windows watchers' thoughts are turning to Longhorn Server. So it's fair to ask what the final name of Microsoft's successor to Windows Server 2003 will be.

When Microsoft announced that Vista would be the final name of the Windows client release (formerly code-named "Longhorn") officials were quick to caution that no one should assume that the complementary server software would be known as "Vista Server."

In fact, I thought Microsoft had said (fairly) definitively to expect Longhorn Server to follow the Windows Server 20XX naming convention. Indeed, just last week, I saw a reference to Longhorn Server as "Windows Server 2008" -- not too surprising, given that the product is due to ship (bar slips) in the latter half of 2007.

But then on Friday, I noticed a blog entry from Softie Doron Holan, the Technical Lead for Kernel Mode Driver Framework (KMDF). On November 10, Holan blogged:

"Well, 5 long years later, Vista is out the door. Barely time to breath(e) and enjoy it though, Vista Server work is already underway...."

(And it looks like it's not the first time Microsoft has made the "Vista Server" slip-up, which officials sort-of/kind-of denied.)

As those who follow Microsoft know, Microsoft's marketing mavens reserve the right to change (and change again) the naming conventions on any and all products.

But how about it, guys? Give us the official name going to be of the product to which we currently refer as "Longhorn Server."

Topic: Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • That's easy

    Microsoft Hereford Service System.
    Yagotta B. Kidding
  • Really

    Really now.

    Keith Knutsson
    KKnutsson
  • Better not pull an Office and call it "2008 Microsoft Windows Server system

    I'm hoping for "Microsoft Windows Server 2008", but I'm worried that they'll follow the morons at Office and call it the "2008 Microsoft Windows Server system"...
    PB_z
  • Microsoft Marshaled Maxi Server

    Marshaled from Novell and integrated with Microsoft.
    Ole Man
  • What's in a name.

    Vista Server of course and if that's too "five minutes ago"... The server system formerly known as Vista.
    stealthram
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