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MSBLOG Exclusive: Windows Server “Centro” – a disappointing first glance

November 19th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

I want to apologise in advance – it’s not all that special. I’ll link to the screenshot and then I’ll explain some things from my point of view.


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Here’s the nitty gritty about it:

  1. This image is not a fake. It came directly from a source in Microsoft (who I’ll say is a good friend of MSBLOG, but isn’t a blogger here) from the Windows Server Business or something-or-other team earlier on this evening.
  2. The build number and memory available to Windows are identifyable parts of which can be traced back to the source of the leak. So for his/her protection, it’s been concealed, but trust me – the build number really is very irrellevant.
  3. The wallpaper is one of those from Windows Vista RTM – I noticed it, you probably have to.
  4. I don’t think it has Windows Aero with transparency… whether it’s compatible or not, or whether it’s turned off is anyone’s guess.
  5. It’s based on Windows Server “Longhorn” but “Centro” is all for mid-sized organisations, so they’ll be some changes.
  6. The desktop version says “Windows Server 2008” in it – I’ve been told that this is pre-empting the release of Windows Server “Longhorn” in the second half of 2007 meaning that it’ll be 2008 rather than 2007 in the title. Also this desktop version best reflects the actual product – it’s Windows Server 2008/Longhorn with “Centro” on top of it.
  7. Is it just me who thinks the image in the About Windows box is naff? I think it’s dreadful – I’ll be submitting it as a bug once the first build is released to testers.

Windows Server “Centro” will be available for testers within the next month to two-months on Microsoft Connect. Let me know what you think of the first look of “Centro”… even though there really isn’t much to look at!

Posted in Beta News, Windows Server System | 13 Comments »


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13 Responses

  1. lee sung yub Says:

    버그 잡는거 해보고싶ㅇ네여

  2. anonymous Says:

    You should have also reported the ugly icon on the taskbar for About Windows. That in fact made to the final version of Vista, that temporary image certainly wont. : )

  3. Zack Whittaker Says:

    Oh I know – I reported this back in the days of R2. I really wish they’d change it but it’s a “by design” issue… seems really silly, they spend millions of dollars investing in all these new technologies and graphics and they can’t be arsed to replace a single icon in the About Windows dialog box!

  4. André Nogueira Says:

    Why exactly was Centro disappointing? What did you expect to see that wasn’t there?

  5. Zack Whittaker Says:

    Something more in a screenshot than what can easily be done in Vista with a few tweaks here and there? 🙁

  6. Jordan Messenger Says:

    I made it into this beta (On Connect.
    Its for x64 only right?

  7. azz0r Says:

    I wish Windows Vista Basic theme on Vista ultimate looked like that, I hate the darkness of the blue hue, its too creamy looking.

  8. WinVistaSide - Everything About Windows Vista » News » Longhorn Server heißt jetzt Windows Server 2008 Says:

    […] Screenshot: Windows Codename “Centro” News Source: MSBlog.org 17:52 – 22. November 2006 von Xeoside « Dell und Microsoft entwickeln “Windows Vista PC” […]

  9. Windows Server “Centro” - Screenshot « Feroz’s World Says:

    […] Zack Whittaker writes: “I want to apologise in advance – it’s not all that special. I’ll link to the screenshot and then I’ll explain some things from my point of view. Here’s the nitty gritty about it: […]

  10. edmd_dant Says:

    http://digg.com/software/Windows_Server_Centro_a_disappointing_first_glance

  11. BoInTheMix Says:

    I Just Got The Mail From Connect:

    I’m In The TechBeta!

    “You have been approved to be in the Centro TechBeta”

  12. Fishd Says:

    Sooo… we need 256Mb graphics cards with 3D acceleration to run a server now?

    Oh-kay…. lose the plot much?

  13. David Says:

    You are a dumbasss… That is for the AERO effects only. Server admins will not care for that. SO IT IS NOT NECESSARY.