Microsoft dashes hopes for 'major' Windows server upgrade
2008 sticking around
Microsoft has re-committed itself to an interim release of its Windows server operating system, countering reports it had planned to go straight to a major release instead.
Group product manager Ward Ralston has blogged Microsoft is sticking to its plan for an "R2" version of Windows Server 2008 and is not skipping to Windows 7 "Server" even though Windows 7 is promised as a major update to Windows.
Microsoft's Windows Server 2008 roadmap
"That release cadence is indeed still the plan for the Server team. I believe a lot of the fuel for speculation comes from the internal development codename: "Windows Server '7' or Windows '7' Server" and what we will be calling it publicly: "Windows Server 2008 R2," Ralston wrote.
According to Ralston, the client will be a major release: "But, as we've said before, compatibility with previous versions of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 is a design goal."
Ralston did not dish details on what we can expect in Windows Server 2008 R2, so I guess we'll have to decide for ourselves how big R2 really is. We were repeatedly told by Microsoft, after all, that Windows Vista would be a "major" update to the Windows client.
Microsoft, meanwhile, appears to have yanked a blog posting from one employee that indicated the company has scheduled alpha testing for another major product - Office - later this year.
According to MicrosoftWatch's Mary Jo Foley, the blog said the Office 14 Technical Application Program (TAP) is slated to begin in "November/December". You can read more here.
Try again later: Microsoft's Office 14 message
If you click on the Office Customer Program Team's blog that contained the original information, though, you'll get the message above.®
theyve released most people who code and do IT tech prefer windows to look like win98 shell. and still have to add it to windows 7
Major upgrade as in embodies one or more significant technical improvements?
Major upgrade as in embodies the potential for significant profitability improvements?
Windows Server 2008 R2
Lets be honest here, how long until Windows Server 2008 SP1 before anyone will seriously consider buying and upgrading their systems... only to find that the applications and tools you actually need will have to be reg hacked to make them work. Linux anyone?