It's Official: 'Longhorn' Is Now 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.