Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Mar 2009 17:12 UTC, submitted by inkslinger
Windows "Even though Microsoft has, in the past, made marketing capital from synchronising its releases, group product manager Ward Ralston says that the desktop and server groups are two separate units that do not need to be released simultaneously. Windows 7 will should make its official appearance this year, but that major shift in the desktop experience isn't going to be matched with a similar sea-change on the server Operating System front. Microsoft has settled for only a minor upgrade to Windows Server 2008."
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Simultaneous Release
by thecwin on Fri 27th Mar 2009 00:24 UTC
thecwin
Member since:
2006-01-04

Microsoft should release Windows Server and standard Windows at the same time, with feature parity, full compatibility, and the same name.

Windows Vista, Windows Server Vista
Windows 7, Windows Server 7
etc.

OS X, Ubuntu work that way. Most Windows admins I've spoken to would prefer it to be this way.

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RE: Simultaneous Release
by steampoweredlawn on Fri 27th Mar 2009 04:08 in reply to "Simultaneous Release"
steampoweredlawn Member since:
2006-09-27

Something to consider though is OS X and GNU/Linux distros are released much more frequently, and mostly incremental, evolutionary updates. It makes sense to release the client and server at the same time. Windows releases are often significantly different from their predecessors, and users need more time to adjust. By the time the server version of Windows is released, a large portion of workers already have the client at home, and are sufficiently familiar with it. This helps mitigate the burden of transition.

Besides, any enterprise that deploys software as soon as its released is downright foolish IMO, regardless of platform.

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