Longhorn Server to be christened Windows Server 2008

To next to no one's surprise, Microsoft is going to christen Longhorn Server "Windows Server 2008." And it might do so as early as next week to coincide with the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Los Angeles.

Microsoft posted the new name on its Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHec) 2007 press site.

If you look quickly (before anyone at Microsoft has a chance to undo this), you will see the new name, too. On the right hand column, the hotlink link for "Windows Server 2008 Reviewers Guide" takes you to Longhorn Server Beta 3 reviewer's guide.

Microsoft's official response on the new name: "Microsoft does not comment on rumors or speculation."

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I thought they accidently leaked this information a week or more ago. In fact, I thought Neowin already reported on it... Ah well, maybe not.

Hoorah for Server 2008! Heh.

I am actually excited to see this product -- maybe they will finally have totally ripped off every function of a Unix environment that I have been waiting for!

Windows Vista Server would've been better name. So then we can just call it Vista Server, rather than WINDOWS SERVER 2008.. too many syllables there, even "Win2008" is too many syllables :P

mayamaniac said,
...even "Win2008" is too many syllables :P

Win31, Win95, Win98, WinME, Win2K, WinXP, Win03, WinV?, Win08 - will doo just fine.

Given that people refer to Windows 2000 and 2003 as Win2k ("Win-two-kay") and Win2k3 ("Win-two-kay-three"), people will probably call Windows 20088 Win2k8 ("Win-two-kay-eight").

Server 2008 is appropriate, I guess you are not aware of the nightmare Tech Support folks went through with Windows "XP" and Office "XP", a lot of novices confused the two so often. Thats why Microsoft held back on the idea of naming Office 12, Office Vista.

Windows Vista client and Windows Vista Server would sure be a bigger nightmare. I'm sure most Sys Admins don't care about the name that much as long as they get the technologies it has to offer as soon as possible. I just hope they decide to call Longhorn Server R2 - Windows Server 2009 just go with the year it is speculated to be released in. Windows Server 2003 R2 sounds so out of date in 2007.

Andareed said,
Given that people refer to Windows 2000 and 2003 as Win2k ( "Win-two-kay" ) and Win2k3 ( "Win-two-kay-three" ), people will probably call Windows 20088 Win2k8 ( "Win-two-kay-eight" ).

How about, "Win-two-Kate", or just "Kate".

I thought they may have called it Server 2007 only because the last release was Server 2003, and it seemed like Microsoft tended to go with odd numbered years for the server releases. Either way though, should be a nice server OS when it's finally done.