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It's Official: 'Longhorn' Is Now Windows Server 2008

Bill Gates confirmed that the next version of Windows Server, formerly code-named "Longhorn," will be called "Windows Server 2008."

In his keynote speech at the company's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Los Angeles, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates confirmed that the next version of Windows Server, formerly code-named "Longhorn," will be called "Windows Server 2008."

News of the new name leaked last week when Microsoft appeared to accidentally use the name in press materials posted on its site. Confirmation had been expected this morning from the show.

According to Microsoft, 100,000 downloads of Longhorn beta 3 were downloaded from the company site in the first three weeks.

Windows Server 2008 will offer customers increased support for several new technologies, including 64-bit applications, a reduced-footprint server core and virtualization.

The company said Windows Server 2008 will be released to manufacturing "later this year."

Longhorn had served as the codename for both the server -- now known as Windows Server 2008 -- and the client, which was renamed Windows Vista and released earlier this year.

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Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital projects at the company, including launching and running the group's popular virtual summit and Coffee talk series . She an experienced tech journalist (20 years), and before her current position, was the editorial director of the group's sites. A few years ago she gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web browser technology would impact online advertising for publishers. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.

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