Los Angeles (CA) - At this week's WinHEC conference, Microsoft gave the official title of Windows Server 2008 to its next major platform, which was previously codenamed Longhorn.
Going side-by-side with Windows Vista, Server 2008 has already gone through three beta tests and the final version is planned to be available in the second half of this year.
It was well known that the official title of the software would either be Windows Server 2007 or 2008, depending on when it was released.
The product will be available in four different editions: web, standard, enterprise, and datacenter. These are the same designations that were given to its predecessor, Windows Server 2003.
The software is built from the same basic layout as Windows Vista, but adds several server-specific features.
New additions to the 2008 edition include the ability to set granular passwords within a single domain, meaning accounts can be set individually with separate priveleges, instead of one sweeping account for the entire domain.
Additionally, a new tool called Server Manager improves on similar offerings from Server 2003 by presenting a roles management application in a graphical user interface that shows server options in a clearer, more user-friendly setting.
There are also enhanced connection features to Windows Vista, improving on the client-side settings from the Server 2003/Windows XP pairing. Such features include locally caching files on connected Vista PCs and advanced indexing capabilities.