What to expect from Microsoft in 2008

Steve at Bink.nu asked me to post his "What to expect from Microsoft in 2008" list, so here goes!

The famous Bink.nu "expect list" is back! Just as previous years, I made a list of what releases we can expect from Microsoft. 2005 and 2006 turned out to be pretty accurate, the only things wrong weren't my mistakes but delays or change of plans. Last year I also started to make a list for 2007, because it is a lot of work I never managed to get it done and it never got published. To avoid that I publish what I have now and add stuff over the coming weeks, also based on your feedback!

If you think something is missing or wrong please let me know through a comment or sending an email to bink at bink nu. This list is based on facts, assumptions and wild guesses. Again it is not complete yet and will be updated by your feedback!

Windows

"Windows Server 2008 Standard" Edition (x64, with Hyper-V)
"Windows Server 2008 Enterprise" Edition (x64, with Hyper-V)
"Windows Server 2008 Datacenter" Edition (x64, with Hyper-V)
"Windows Web Server 2008" Edition (x86 and x64)
"Windows Storage Server 2008" Standard Edition (x86 and x64)
"Windows Storage Server 2008" Express Edition (x86 and x64)
"Windows Unfified Data Storage Server 2008" Edition (x86 and x64)
"Windows Small Business Server 2008" (Codenamed "Cougar" (x64) for small businesses
"Windows Essential Business Server 2008" (Codenamed "Centro" (x86-64) for medium-sized businesses [17]
"Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems" (IA-64) (same features as Datacenter Edition)
"Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V" Edition (x86 and x64)
"Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V" Edition (x86 and x64)
"Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V" Edition (x64)
"Windows HPC Server 2008" (High Performance Computing, previously Compute Cluster Server)
Most editions support "core" installations

Windows 2008 Hyper-V stand alone SKU

"Windows Home Server R2" (based on 2008? Dont think so)

"Windows mobile 6.1" Q1 2008
"Windows mobile 6.1 Professional" q1 2008
"Windows mobile 7" RTM Q4 2008 (First phones in 2009, just 1 edition!
"Windows CE" 7 ?
"Windows Mobile for Automotive" 6.0? -> "Microsoft Auto" 2.0?

Windows Vista Service Pack 1
Windows Vista for Embedded Systems
Windows Vista Media Center Update (Fiji) I expect at least a beta
Windows Vista Ultimate Extra's ....
Windows Steady State 2.5

Windows XP Service Pack 3

Windows 7 Beta (Codename Vienna)
MinWin beta (Windows 7 kernel based mini OS)

Internet Explorer 8! (Beta 1st half 200

Servers

SQL Server 2008 standard Edition
SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition
SQL Server 2008 Express Edition
SQL Server 2008 Workgroup Edition
SQL Server 2008 Developer Edition
SQL Server 2008 Compact Edition?

ISA Server 2008 standard Edition x64
ISA Server 2008 Enterprise Edition x64

Biztalk Server 2008 Enterprise Edition
Biztalk Server 2008 Standard Edition
Biztalk Server 2008 Branch Edition
Biztalk Server 2008 Developer Edition

Search Server 2008 (standard Edition)
Search Server 2008 Express Edition

WSUS 3.0 SP1

Exchange 2007 Service Pack 2 beta

Finaly a new Microsoft Identity and Integration Server?

Host Integration Server 2008 ?

Commerce Server 2007 R2 ?

Forefront
Intelligent Application Gateway 2007 R2?
Microsoft Forefront codename "Stirling" Beta

System Center

ServiceDesk 2008
Mobile Device Manager 2008
Capacity Planner 2007 with sharepoint 2007 support
Application Virtualization 4.5 (softgrid)
Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance
Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset 6.0 (DaRT)
Operations Manager 2007 SP1 (Q1)
Configuration Manager SP1 (H2)
Configuration Manager 2007 R2
Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2
System Center Online Services

"Microsoft Deployment" Solution Accelorator update for WS08 RTM

Office

Office 14 Beta ?
Office Live Workspace launch

Dynamics

CRM 4.0 general availability (it just RTM'd)
Point of Sale 2.0 sp1

Consumer

Encarta 2009
Money 2009
Streets and Trips 2009

Hardware

Probably new mice ;-)
Zune firmware 2.3
Zune Phone?

Xbox

HD Video for Europe
IPTV Service

Windows Live

Windows Live Messenger 9.0
Windows Live SkyDrive

Visual FoxPro

Visual FoxPro version 9 service pack 2 is last that was released for this product (oct 2007), no Foxpro 10, version 9 is end of life in 2015

Visual Studio

Visual Studio 2008 SP1 ?

Expression

Expression Blend 2

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