Windows Server Undergoes Name Change—Again
Microsoft announces that it's dropping ".NET" from name of upcoming network operating system family of products as release date looms.
The next Windows network operating system may have a severe identity
crisis when released. That’s what happens when your name changes five
The latest incarnation is Windows Server 2003. That was changed from
its allegedly permanent predecessor, Windows .NET Server 2003.
Microsoft officials weren’t immediately available to comment on the change.
Speculation is that the name “.NET” is merely confusing, as Microsoft
went through a period where nearly every product either released or in
development had the “.NET” moniker attached to it.
In its early development days, Windows Server 2003 went by the code-name
“Whistler.” Its first official name was Windows 2002 Server, which was
also the name it had for an MCP
cover story in July 2001 (and also gives an indication of the delays
the OS has suffered.)
Next came Windows .NET Server, during Microsoft’s “everything must have
“.NET” attached to it” phase. The
name change to Windows .NET Server 2003 was officially announced Aug.
29. At that time, the company announced in a press release that “During
the Release Candidate stage of a product, Microsoft typically takes time
to put final finishing touches on the branding and marketing of its products.
Clearly, this is in line with naming conventions used in the past and
will serve as a versioning identifier.” Whether this newest name change
indicates that Microsoft is still unclear about the branding and marketing
of its latest OS isn’t known. Windows Server 2003 is scheduled to be released
to manufacturing at the end of February, with a predicted general release
by the end of April.
Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.