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You could enable desktop features with Windows 2008 and get an experience close to Windows Vista. Is it still the same experience with R2, or have they included Windows 7 features like the new Taskbar?

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Yep, Windows 2008 R2 (also called Windows Server 7) has the Windows 7 Taskbar. You can see it in screenshots here.

You may also want to read this blog post by Doug Holland from Intel.

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screenshots URL not working, giving 404 error – Amr Elgarhy Sep 26 '09 at 14:04
Yeah they seem to have deleted it. Anyway, heres a new article showing how to get Windows 7 wallpapers onto Server 2008, so you can see 2008 looking like 7 with the wallpaper and all:… – John T Sep 26 '09 at 14:12

Yes the new taskbar is part of Windows 2008 R2, it is available even without the desktop features enabled. R2 also includes the keyboard shortcuts to move windows.

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