'Longhorn' To Be Officially Dubbed...

It's official. Well, sort of. Windows enthusiast site reported this week that an unnamed Microsoft official has confirmed the final name for "Longhorn" server.

And the winner is (drum roll, please) ... Windows Server 2007.

"In addition, development has begun on the next series of MCSE certification tests geared for Windows Server 2007," the site reported.

Reached for comment, a Microsoft spokesperson "strongly" cautioned against reporting an official name until Microsoft actually announces it. However, the spokesperson also pointed to a blog entry from July 27, 2005 -- the date that Longhorn Beta 1 was released -- for further reference. That posting stated the company's intention to name the final release "Windows Server 200x," as it has with previous, recent releases.

The 2005 blog entry also warned that schedules could slide again and implied that, at that juncture, it might be named something else -- presumably Windows Server 2008. Of course, the company could also choose to follow the inscrutable naming convention it debuted with the latest version of its desktop productivity applications suite: 2007 Office System. That could conceivably yield the name "2008 Windows Server."

About the Author

Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.

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Reader Comments:

Wed, Jan 24, 2007 dirk digler studio 54

Go apply your linux security patches penguin fanboys. Server '07 looks to be a solid release with significant improvement. The tired onslaught of MS bashing is sooo lame.

Mon, Jan 22, 2007 Jay Canada

Another release to ignore until service pack 2

Mon, Jan 22, 2007 Blinky PDX

STEER . . . me clear
might that be a more appropriate name, or just recommended action?

Sun, Jan 21, 2007 Anonymous downunder

I guess it was never really likely to be "Longwait" or "still-born". "Cow" might've been accurate, or "Bull" maybe?

Fri, Jan 19, 2007 Anonymous luxembourg

Ummm........and we should care about this why???

Fri, Jan 19, 2007 Steve VA

No suprise there

Thu, Jan 18, 2007 Anonymous Anonymous


Thu, Jan 18, 2007 Anonymous Anonymous

An official name of "Windows Server 2008" would be more likely as Microsoft uses their fiscal year when the product is likely to RTM not the calendar year.

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