Microsoft drops the .NET in its new operating system's name

By Bryan Muehlberger, ITworld |  How-to

Apparently, there's a lot in a name. Just when we started getting
accustomed to Microsoft's software naming strategy - using the year for
different iterative releases - it threw us a loop and started tossing
around the .NET naming convention. For a time, this confused many of us
who were trying to develop upon the .NET platform (which you can read
more about at, and use .NET server

A few years prior to .NET, Microsoft received a lot of customer
opposition when the company deviated from the NT name in its release of
Windows 2000 Server. Even today, customers still refer to Microsoft's
Windows-based Server operating system as "NT".

And as you may already know, Microsoft has done it again. What has been
known as "Windows .NET Server 2003" is now officially referred to as
"Windows Server 2003". The new operating system is expected to be ready
in April and according to Microsoft, the change is part of a larger
naming and branding strategy for .NET.

This time around, however, the name change isn't necessarily a bad thing
- at least not from my perspective. The new moniker definitely clarifies
the product name, and like the old saying goes, change is inevitable.

Microsoft e-mailed a letter to its partners in early January describing
the strategy behind the name change. If you haven't seen it yet, you can
find it at:

Watch here for upcoming articles on the new features and utilities
available in this latest release of Windows Server 2003.

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