Windows Server 8, Microsoft's Attempt at a New Server Paradigm - Page 3
The desktop in Windows 8 is little more than a convenience primarily existing for backward compatibility for applications that require it. Desktop based applications can create a tile in Metro but will launch on the desktop instead of directly from Metro.
>With the Metro tiles, senior administrators now have more control over the level of administration they allow to junior staff. With virtually all aspects of the operating system controllable via Group policy it's not inconceivable to lock junior IT staff into only those functions they need to have with no opportunity to circumvent their limited access.
Microsoft has not yet set a release date for Server 8 but it's likely that it will be within a few months of the desktop OS release. Does that mean that Server 8 will replace current installations overnight? That's unlikely, considering that many companies are only now moving to Server 2008 R2 as legacy applications catch up to embrace 64 bit platforms. In my own experience, there's generally a 2 year lag before a new server operating system starts to gain significant market share over its predecessors. The most likely driver will be the improved virtualization for companies looking to move from VMWARE and improved resource and access management functionality.
Time will tell if Server 8 is embraced as many IT organizations chose to ignore the last Microsoft server release, For many IT organizations Server 2008 offered no real advantage over Server 2003 other than better 64 bit hardware support. Many organizations also choose to skip versions which may translate into better adoption of the new server OS for IT organizations still using Server 2003.