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September 10, 2006

Microsoft ships August CTP of Windows Server Longhorn

Posted by David Hunter at 9:51 PM ET.

It may be getting all the buzz currently, but Vista isn’t the only Windows operating system Microsoft is planning to launch in 2007 and it isn’t the only one that shipped a new beta this month, as the Windows Server Division Weblog informed us yesterday:

Hot on the heels of Windows Vista RC1, we have now released the August 2006 Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Windows Server “Longhorn”. It’s available for MSDN and TechNet subscribers to download.

Marked as Build 5560, the August 2006 CTP is an update to Windows Server “Longhorn” Beta 2. You won’t find many additional features over Beta 2, but there are big gains in performance and reliability as we’ve been able to bake in all the core OS improvements that were happening simultaneously in Windows Vista [as well as fix a bunch of our own bugs ;-)].

Go get it now and let us know what you think!

Hmm, an August CTP released on September 9. I hope that isn’t a Vista-esque omen! Snarky comments aside, Longhorn Beta 2 was released in May along with the Beta 2′s of Vista and Office 2007. Since Longhorn isn’t due until late 2007 and the other two are due in early 2007, it looks like an illustration of the joys of staying on schedule.

Also related, Microsoft’s Michael Kleef reminds us that the public Longhorn forums on TechNet are open for business.



Filed under Beta and CTP, Microsoft, OS - Server, Windows Server 2008

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