David Lowe at the Windows Server Division Weblog:
It’s standing room only here at TechEd for Windows Server “Longhorn”. Yesterday morning, Ward Ralston and I delivered a chalk-talk in a small theatre (capacity = 40) in the Technical Learning Center. This was meant to be an informal and “intimate” session for customers to ask all those questions they have around Windows Server “Longhorn”. Well if three’s a crowd in intimate situations, then 120 is probably a “flashmob”. We were packed to the rafters and the session was so popular that we’re delivering it again this evening in a room that holds 500 people.
Ward is also being a bit of a rock star here today, delivering a session this morning on “10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows Server ‘Longhorn’” that was also packed out with over 500 attendees. Again, that session is being repeated right now with not an empty seat in the house.
See Paula Rooney’s article at InformationWeek for the list of 10.
Aside from the 10 reasons there was also some product naming information according to Paul Thurrott:
In keeping with established naming conventions, the next version of Windows Server, currently codenamed Longhorn Server, will retain the Windows Server 200x moniker used its predecessors, Microsoft officials said at the TechEd 2006 trade show this week in Boston Massachusetts. Given its projected late 2007 release date, Longhorn Server will therefore be named Windows Server 2007 or Windows Server 2008.
Ward Ralston, a senior technical product manager at Microsoft noted the naming choice during a presentation at the show. Other Microsoft executives, speaking off the record, jokingly promised that the word “Vista” would absolutely never appear in a Windows Server product name.
He also notes that a feature complete Beta 3 is due in very early 2007.