{ ready.for.take.off.here} Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 & SQL Server 2008 Launch Wave

December 26, 2007

Microsoft’s New Year is Gonna Bring a lot of Change

Filed under: Uncategorized — stefangeorgescu @ 11:55 am

Bink.nu has an extensive list of new software that Microsoft will be unleashing in the marketplace.  It is amazing to be part of this company during a time where there has been just dramatic change product life-cycles.  This is in stark contrast to the Microsoft of six years ago tht was somewhat stagnant even if it was only due to perceptions.  It is easy to dismiss Microsoft as a company who does only Windows and Office.  One only has to look at innovative products like XBox IPTV, Silverlight, Expression, Office Live, and Search Server to realize that Microsoft is strategically changing its business and adapting to new business opportunities in the software space.


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 Server 2008 R2/Update Release (beta)

“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 2008)


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 ?

Intelligent Application Gateway 2007 R2?
Microsoft Forefront codename “Stirling” Beta
ForeFront for Exchange “14” Beta
ForeFront for SharePoint “14” Beta
Security Management Console
Security for Office Communicator
Office Communicator Web

System Center

Service Manager 2008 (beta, RTM Q1 2009)
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)
Operations Manager 2007 R2 (beta)
Configuration Manager SP1 (H2)
Configuration Manager 2007 R2
Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2
Identity LifeCycle Manager
System Center Essentials v2
System Center Online Services

“Microsoft Deployment” Solution Accelorator update for WS08 RTM


Office 14 Beta ?
Office Live Workspace launch


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


Encarta 2009
Money 2009
Streets and Trips 2009


Probably new mice 😉
Zune firmware 2.x
Zune Phone?


HD Video for Europe
IPTV Service

Windows Live

Windows Live Messenger 9.0 
Windows Live SkyDrive
Windows Lice Calendar
Web Windows Live Messenger

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 ?
Silverlight 2.0


Expression Blend 2


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