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May 16, 2007

Windows Server day at WinHEC 2007

Posted by David Hunter at 11:54 PM ET.

Day 2 seems to have been Windows Server Day at WinHEC 2007 with Bill Laing, general manager of Microsoft’s Windows Server Division orchestrating the show. While there were some spiffy demos (e.g. hot swap) the only new news seemed to come out in the discussion of the roadmap for Windows Server operating system products ([1],[2]) where it was revealed that Windows Server 2008 R2 would be 64-bit only and that Windows Server 2008 would be the last 32-bit operating system, client or server, that Microsoft would release. Presumably that injunction does not apply to variants of Windows Server 2008 like Home Server which in beta, at least, are 32-bit and of course versions like Centro and Cougar (i.e. Small Business Server) were already scheduled to be 64-bit only because they include Exchange 2007 which is 64-bit only.

Windows Server OS Roadmap

Finally, Mark Russinovich’s interesting keynote description of some of the kernel changes in Windows Server 2008 (e.g. no more specific uniprocessor kernel variants) is summarized by Peter Galli at eWeek.

Filed under Conferences, Essential Business Server, Microsoft, OS - Client, OS - Server, SBS, Servers, Storage Server, WinHEC07, Windows Home Server, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

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One Response to “Windows Server day at WinHEC 2007”

  1. Microsoft clarifies: Vista may not be last 32-bit Windows client OS -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Yesterday, Bill Laing, general manager of Microsoft’s Windows Server Division, was quoted as saying in his WinHEC 2007 that Windows Server 2008 would be the last 32-bit Windows operating system Microsoft would produce for either clients or servers. Today, Alex Heaton clarified the matter at the Windows Vista Team Blog: While Windows Vista includes both 32-bit and 64-bit and there is a growing community of drivers for 64-bit Windows Vista we have not decided when Windows Client will follow Windows Server and become 64-bit only. [...]

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