Microsoft will tag its next server software, now codenamed Longhorn, with the prosaic "Windows Server 2007", according to the company's website.
Dutch Microsoft user Steven Bink, who is part of the firm's Most Valued Professional scheme, noticed the document on the Microsoft Developers Network and posted a link to it on his website. Titled "Hosting and Consuming WCF Services" and written by Dennis Mulder and Chris Peiris, both employees of IT consultancy Avanade, the piece uses "Windows Server 2007" numerous times as the name for the next-generation server.
But when asked to confirm or deny the name choice, a Microsoft spokeswoman said: "We have not yet confirmed the naming for Windows Server 'Longhorn', despite what the Windows Vista technical article stated. I discourage you from using any naming information until Microsoft makes a public announcement."
The software is due out before the end of the year. The newest version, Beta 3, was unveiled last week.
Mulder and Peris, who did not respond to emails asking for comment, posted their Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) paper to the MSDN site last month. Reports earlier in the year had claimed Windows Server 2007 would be the software's official name, although some, anticipating a late-year release, said it would debut as Windows Server 2008.
Other clues to the final name - and possibly its release date - can be found on Amazon.com, the online retailer. A search using "windows server 2007" brings up several books with that phrase in their titles. The books, which are to be released by McGraw-Hill Osborne on 10 November, include Windows Server 2007 Administration and Microsoft Windows Server 2007: The Complete Reference.
Late last year, Bob Muglia, senior vice president of Microsoft's server and tools division, said that the company would name the software when it released Beta 3.