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August 18, 2005

Longhorn Server Nomenclature

Posted by David Hunter at 12:06 PM ET.

I referenced Robert McLaws yesterday with his speculation that the eventual name of the Longhorn server version would be Windows Server Vista, so I thought in fairness, I should quote the last (July 27) Microsoft comment I had seen on the subject from Julius Sinkevicius at the Windows Server division blog who also announced the limited release of a beta:

As you probably heard by now, today we released the Beta 1 of Windows Vista, which is the next version of the Windows client operating system, previously known as Windows Longhorn. What you may not know is that we also released Beta 1 of Windows Server Longhorn.

First off, the name change to Windows Vista only applies to the Windows client operating system. We haven’t changed the name of Windows Server to Vista. Instead, we’ll be following the same naming convention as previous server releases. We haven’t announced the name of the version yet, but you can expect to be something like “Windows Server 200X”.

Second, you won’t find Beta 1 of Windows Server Longhorn in the usual beta spots like MSDN or TechNet. The goal of Beta 1 is to gather feedback on the platform itself rather than the features, so the recipients of the beta will be OEMs, IHVs, System Builders, ISVs and developers.

More by following the link. That’s why I’m currently filing Longhorn Server news under “Windows Server Longhorn.”

Filed under Beta and CTP, OS - Server, Windows Server 2008

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2 Responses to “Longhorn Server Nomenclature”

  1. Microsoft News Tracker » Blog Archive » Yet another nomenclature post Says:

    [...] Expanding on the question of whether it will be Windows Server 200X or Windows Server Vista, I got a laugh out of Joe Wilcox’s comment: I still can’t understand why Microsoft would risk creating unnecessary customer confusion, with BizTalk Server 2006, SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio .NET 2005 launching the same day, Nov. 7. Shouldn’t the products all be either 2005 or 2006? To me, the naming convention makes no sense. It’s the perils of putting a year in the product name.   [Permalink] [...]

  2. Microsoft News Tracker » Blog Archive » Vista Beta 1 Says:

    [...] I posted earlier on the simultaneous Windows Server Longhorn beta.   [Permalink] [...]

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