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Windows 8 Client and Server Developed in Parallel, Bob Muglia

At Tech•Ed 2010, Bob Muglia, noted “that Microsoft had yet to slap an official codename on the successors of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Muglia also stated that, at this point in time, there wasn’t really a feature list that the Redmond company had been settled on, and that a target release deadline was also up in the air. “Just like with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, we worked on a common schedule and a common thing with our friends in the client team, and we’re still doing that,” Muglia stated.

While not opening too much of the future, Muglia did point out that Windows Server vNext will be a major release of OS, as Windows Server 2008 R2 was a minor upgrade to plain vanilla Windows Server 2008. “We’re not talking a lot about next version of Windows Server today,” Muglia revealed, “but I think what you’ll see is…that learnings that we’ve from Windows Azure will be pulled back into Windows Server, just like there’s features in Windows Server and SQL Server that’re being pulled up into Windows Azure and SQL Azure.”