Windows Server 2008 R2 — Windows 7?

Tomorrow is the big launch of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, the next major Microsoft operating system releases. A significant change this time around is the simultaneous release of the client and server.  However, I may have inadvertently uncovered the truth today:

Windows Server 2008 R2 will not be version 7 at all!

Windows Server 2008 R2 - version 6.1

Actually, Windows Server 2008 R2 will be version 6.1. Will it still be binary compatible with Windows 7?

Sorry about that folks… don’t panic, Windows 7 is version 6.1, too.

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  1. Stu Fox’s avatar

    Technically Windows 2008 R2 is classed as a “minor” or “update” release (2008 was the “major”). Even though I work there I still think it’s a bit more than minor as it includes a significant amount of new stuff (Branch Cache, Direct Access, Hyper-V R2, Core Parking, VDI Broker – the list goes on). Compare that with the Windows Server 2003 R2 release which I don’t think had anywhere near the level of additional functionality.



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