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June 5, 2007

TechEd 2007 roundup: Katmai, Orcas, acquisitions and more

Posted by David Hunter at 1:13 PM ET.

This week Microsoft is holding its TechEd 2007 conference and there’s a variety of news:

Bob Muglia, SVP of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business kicked off TechED 2007 by detailing the company’s strategy for Dynamic IT for the People-Ready Business (Dynamic IT). Apparently it was as bad as it sounds although there were some redeeming features.

More substantially, Muglia also announced assorted product news including the official names for Katmai and Orcas as well as revealing two acquisitions:


Filed under Acquisitions, Beta and CTP, Bob Muglia, Conferences, Executives, Forefront, General Business, IIS, Katmai, Licensing, Live Meeting, Microsoft, OS - Server, Office, Operations Manager, SQL Server, Servers, TechEd07, Technologies, Tools, Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008

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April 25, 2007

Microsoft releases public Beta 3 of Windows Server Longhorn

Posted by David Hunter at 10:44 PM ET.

Press release:

Microsoft Corp. today unveiled the first publicly available test version of the next edition of Windows Server, code-named “Longhorn.” The release allows people to evaluate the increased control, flexibility and protection built into Microsoft Windows Server “Longhorn” Beta 3, available for download today at The final version of Windows Server “Longhorn” is on track for release to manufacturing in the second half of 2007.

The newest version of Microsoft’s Web server, Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0, also provides a more secure, extensible platform for efficiently managing and reliably hosting Web applications and services. Microsoft is today announcing the availability of the IIS7 Go Live license, which will allow customers to host Web applications and .NET 3.0 Web services on Windows Server “Longhorn” Beta 3 in live production environments.

The Beta 3 release of Windows Server “Longhorn” marks the beginning of the second wave of innovation to be delivered by Microsoft over the next year. Following on the heels of the successful launch of Windows Vista™ and the 2007 Office system are Windows Server “Longhorn” and the next versions of Visual Studio®, code-named “Orcas,” and Microsoft SQL Server™, code-named “Katmai.” These products will provide organizations with an advanced development and Web platform as well as streamlined data management and analysis, enabling infrastructure optimization.

There’s more on new features in Beta 3 by following the link, but I didn’t spot any surprises although there have certainly been enhancements. David Lowe at the Windows Server Division weblog has more details on how Beta 3 will be widely distributed plus some new information resources including the Windows Server Code Name “Longhorn” Technical Library, a Reviewer’s Guide, and some free e-learning clinics.

Filed under Beta and CTP, General Business, IIS, Katmai, Licensing, Microsoft, OS - Server, SQL Server, Servers, Technologies, Tools, Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008

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September 7, 2006

Vista RC1 Reaction Roundup

Posted by David Hunter at 3:28 PM ET.

Since Release Candidate 1 of Vista arrived last Friday and has now been made available to millions of Customer Preview Program (CPP) members (download here and caveat here), there has been a deluge of news and reactions:


Paul Thurrott provides a two part review ([1], [2]) which is mostly good news except for the Vista x64 versions which are “software compatibility hell.” He balances that, however, with The Dark Side of Windows Vista RC1 which points out some deficiencies, including the perennial favorite, User Account Control:

Yes, UAC is dramatically less annoying than it was in Beta 2. And yes, Microsoft has addressed the very egregious problems and bugs I found in this software earlier this year. And you know what? UAC is still annoying. It’s still really annoying.

Thurrott proposes a solution, but I suspect that there are a lot of folks who are just going to be turning UAC off. Microsoft’s Alex Heaton says UAC has improved in RC1 and has a video to prove it, but Steven Parker suggests that Microsoft incorporate a per-user UAC on/off switch.

Brandon Leblanc says Vista is definitely on the right track, but drivers are still a problem.

Preston Gralla says Windows Vista RC 1 is almost ready for prime time.

Scott Finnie takes a 48 hour test drive and says Vista is much improved. There’s also a visual tour.

Paula Rooney reports that Partners Say Vista RC1 Close But Not Quite Ready.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes reports that the Windows Experience Index is much improved since pre-RC1 build 5536. This is the built-in Vista hardware performance rating tool which I’ve mentioned before which seems unfortunately destined to be come the universal yardstick for hardware comparisons. Also related – Ed Bott says Vista isn’t a hardware hog.


Ed Bott provides 10 essential tweaks for Windows Vista RC1

Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie and Bill Staples discuss the changes in IIS 7.0.


Todd Bishop reveals What Windows 2000 and XP say about Vista’s schedule.

Joris Evers asks Will Vista stall Net traffic? No, it isn’t everybody downloading RC1, it’s the way Vista’s IPv6 support will hit DNS servers.


Latvians clutch sides and cry ‘fowl’ over Microsoft Vista. Vista translates poorly in Latvian.

Microsoft’s Vista Launch Critical To Chip Co’s. They have to be kidding.

Filed under Beta and CTP, IIS, IPSec, Microsoft, OS - Client, Technologies, Windows Vista

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June 8, 2006

Microsoft’s IIS increases Web server share

Posted by David Hunter at 8:09 PM ET.

Netcraft’s June 2006 Web Server Survey:

Microsoft continues to gain share in the web server market, chipping away at Apache’s commanding lead. The number of hostnames on Windows servers grew by 4.5 million, giving Microsoft 29.7% market share, a gain of 4.25% for the month. Apache had a decline of 429K hostnames, and loses 3.5% to 61.25%.

Apache’s lead over Microsoft, which stood at 48.2% in March, has been narrowed to 31.5%, a shift of 16.7% in just three months.

The largest movement of sites from Apache to IIS was once again at Go Daddy, with over 1.6M hostnames moving from Apache to IIS this month. While those parked domains were a major factor in Microsoft’s gains, Windows also saw solid growth in active sites, hostnames that contain content and likely to represent developed web sites.

More details by following the link. We’ve mentioned the GoDaddy deal previously.

Filed under Apache, IIS, Microsoft, OS - Server, Open Source, Technologies, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2

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