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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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