Why Windows Server 2008 versioned as SP1?

I had a bunch of people internally ask me why Windows Server shows it's version as Windows Server 2008 SP1 (for brevity - WS08).  I will explain it, but I wanted to use the Writer feature that allows me to insert pictures.  Who says anything beyond notepad is a waste of time.  Actually, that's me […]

I had a bunch of people internally ask me why Windows Server shows it's version as Windows Server 2008 SP1 (for brevity - WS08).  I will explain it, but I wanted to use the Writer feature that allows me to insert pictures.  Who says anything beyond notepad is a waste of time.  Actually, that's me usually...

The history here goes back to problems we had form the split we had when we broke Windows XP from Windows Server 2003 (WS03) way back in 2000. 

At the time we had Windows 2000 (Win2k) out in the market & it was being very well received. Especially on the client side which was doing well with corporate desktops.  At the same time in the consumer side, we had Windows ME.  I never worked on WinME, I have never installed it, & I know nothing about it except what people have told me.  <I removed what i really think. If you meet me, feel free to ask>. 

Mid 2000, we had a combined release on the rails but the pressure to do a client release for consumer got high.  So we forked WinXP from what was to become WS03.  On one side, I think we did exactly the right thing.  We met the dates required from OEMs for WinXP & closed down the server release in exactly the right way.  I believe the longevity of WS03 in market was because we did a load of right things in the end game.  I sill think what we knew when we released WinXP in august 2001 it was a great product.  It's just that the world changed 2 weeks later...

One aside here - in WS03 we created the Security Development Lifecycle & ran the first one in early 2002.  For WinXP we did it for SP2.  I've always believe WinXP sp2 was equivalent to a full release of Windows.  I really had nothing to do with SP2 - Todd Wanke who had worked for me on WS03 ran it & his main dude on SP2, Mark Harris, came to work for me after that on WS03 R2. None of this security stuff was fun when we first did it.  I have always believed it was a 10 year job & 6 years on, i still think so.  It is a cultural change that had to go very deep.

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Microsoft, Windows Server 2008, WS2008, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows Server 2003, WS2003, WS03, Win2K, Windows 2000