SAN FRANCISCO – Microsoft will let customers configure the next major release of Windows Server for specific server tasks, rather than selling a host of different Windows Server Longhorn editions tailored to those tasks, a company executive said Friday.
The release, code-named Windows Server Longhorn and set to ship in 2007, will support much more granular role-based installation than does the current Windows Server 2003. This will include the option to install only the software code needed to support a certain role, such as terminal server or file server.
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Could this really be the death of the many editions of Windows Server. So far the company has Web, Standard, Enterprise, Storage Standard, Storage Enterprise, Datacenter and 64 bit editions, which is really whole confusing lot. To me, this looks like its for the best.