In-Depth

Windows Server 2008 Not Delayed

Windows Server Division blog counters speculation that the release of Windows Server 2008 could be delayed until 2008.

Speculation has been growing in the media that Windows Server 2008, formerly codenamed "Longhorn," could be delayed past its release to manufacturing (RTM) date of the second half of 2007, and slip into 2008. Microsoft, on its Windows Server Division blog today, says "it just ain't so."

The very brief note reads in full: "Today we noticed a couple articles which have incorrectly speculated about a Windows Server 2008 delay. Actually, we remain fully on track for Windows Server 2008's release to manufacturing in the second half of 2007, with general availability following after that as usual."

Microsoft has given no more specific timetable for the new OS's release, but the name gives a hint that it will be released late in 2007 at the earliest. Windows Server 2008 is currently in beta 3 release, and is feature complete, according to Microsoft.

Joe Wilcox, a technology reporter who blogs about Microsoft, gave a long list of reasons for a possible delay, including the cancellation of the Partner Developer Conference, or PDC, Microsoft's long track record of delays, and the length of time between the release of beta 2 and beta 3, which was about 11 months, and the fact that beta 3 has only been out since April 24.

Ward Ralston, a senior technical product manager in the Windows Server group, told an 1105 Media reporter for an earlier story that following the beta period (beta 3 is the last beta), there will be at least one Release Candidate before RTM.

The release dates for the successor to Windows Server 2003 have been slipping almost since the first announcement, when the world was introduced to the codename Longhorn. During a keynote speech during the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in May 2003, a Microsoft executive revealed a "Windows Client Roadmap" graphic. The image clearly shows "Longhorn RTM" in 2005.

About the Author
Keith Ward is online news editor for the Redmond Media Group. You can contact Keith at [email protected].

About the Author

Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Virtualization & Cloud Review. Follow him on Twitter @VirtReviewKeith.

comments powered by Disqus

Featured

  • Death of the Dev Machine?

    Here's a takeaway from this week's Ignite 2020 event: An advanced Azure cloud portends the death of the traditional, high-powered dev machine packed with computing, memory and storage components.

  • COVID-19 Is Ignite 2020's Elephant in the Room: 'Frankly, It Sucks'

    As in all things of our new reality, there was no escaping the drastic changes in routine caused by the COVID-19 pandemic during Microsoft's big Ignite 2020 developer/IT pro conference, this week shifted to an online-only event after drawing tens of thousands of in-person attendees in years past.

  • Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 Preview Update Adds Codespaces

    To coincide with the Microsoft Ignite 2020 IT pro/developer event, the Visual Studio dev team shipped a new update, Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 Preview 3.1, with the main attraction being support for cloud-hosted Codespaces, now in a limited beta.

  • Speed Lines Graphic

    New for Blazor: Azure Static Web Apps Support

    With Blazor taking the .NET web development world by storm, one of the first announcements during Microsoft's Ignite 2020 developer/IT event was its new support in Azure Static Web Apps.

  • Entity Framework Core 5 RC1 Is Feature Complete, Ready for Production

    The first release candidate for Entity Framework 5 -- Microsoft's object-database mapper for .NET -- has shipped with a go live license, ready for production.

Upcoming Events