Goodbye "Longhorn", Hello Windows Server 2008
Windows Server Codenamed “Longhorn” is now officially Windows Server 2008. I must say that I am not surprised Microsoft is not able to meet its H2 2007 goal – even Microsoft is unable to release Windows Vista, Office 2007 and a new Windows Server all in the same year.
Given that many organizations will not deploy a new Windows Server version in production environments until SP1 is released, this means that we will probably not see large Windows Server 2008 Terminal Server farms until close to the end of 2008. Maybe not before 2009.
Update: several people have written that despite the version name Microsoft is still shooting for a Q4 2007 release. That may be true, but given the name, apparently they are not overly optimistic. And even if Microsoft does meet this goal, I stand by my claim that we will not see many (if any), large-scale Windows Server 2008 deployments in production environments before the second half of 2008.