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November 14, 2006

More Microsoft server announcements from IT Forum

Posted by David Hunter at 9:54 PM ET.

I’ve already mentioned the Forefront announcements, but Microsoft had quite a bit more to reveal today at their Tech Ed IT Forum 2006 in Barcelona:

Last and perhaps least, Microsoft led a mixed bag of software vendors in forming the Interop Vendor Alliance:

Today at Microsoft Tech Ed: IT Forum 2006, Microsoft Corp. announced the formation of the Interop Vendor Alliance, a global, cross-industry group of software and hardware vendors that will work together to identify opportunities for enhancing interoperability with Microsoft systems on behalf of their customers.

Notable among the founding members are BEA, Novell, Sun and AMD, but not Intel, although why AMD signed up is a bit of mystery. Of course, the whole alliance is a bit of a mystery as the goals described are unusually fuzzy. However, Scott M. Fulton III may have won the prize with the observation:

In Europe, at the heart of the global controversy over whether Microsoft and interoperability are incompatible, the Redmond company announced it is funding a global consortium of software and hardware manufacturers in the name of interoperability itself.

Maybe it’s an extra credit assignment from Neelie Kroes?

Update Nov. 15: PowerShell won’t be compatible with Vista until January 31, 2007.

Update Nov 16: Peter Galli at eWeek elaborates on Longhorn Server:

The Redmond, Wash., software maker plans to release another Longhorn CTP (Community Technology Preview) later this year, followed by another CTP in early 2007 and then Longhorn Beta 3 by the middle of the year.

“The current plan is to ship Longhorn and Vista SP1 simultaneously, as it is one source code base. So, if you follow that model, you have to ship them both at roughly the same time,” Bob Muglia, Microsoft’s senior vice president for server and tools, told eWeek at the company’s TechEd IT Forum here.

The server code will be feature-complete in early 2007, said Muglia, who put to rest speculation that Longhorn would be officially renamed Vista Server, as it is referred to on some Microsoft staff blogs.

Update Nov 18: The Windows Server 2003 SP2 RC is now available for public review. Download and info is here.

Filed under BEA, Beta and CTP, Coopetition, General Business, Governmental Relations, Microsoft, Novell, OS - Client, OS - Server, Operations Manager, PowerShell, Servers, Sun, Technologies, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista

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2 Responses to “More Microsoft server announcements from IT Forum”

  1. Speak of the devil! -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Just yesterday I took Neelie Kroes’ name in vain in connection with Microsoft interoperability and who pops up overnight but her nibs herself: Brussels gave Microsoft a nine-day deadline yesterday to provide its rivals with outstanding details of its software systems or face fresh fines. [...]

  2. Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 RTM? -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Maarten Goet at Techlog say his “sources within Microsoft” tell him that Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 was released to manufacturing last night and should be available in the various channels shortly. Also expect a big launch party next week at the Microsoft Management Summit 2007. Operations Manager had been promised in 1Q07 so they are coming in just under the wire. If you’d like to really see what is new, see the Operations Manager videos that Microsoft has posted. Filed under Servers, Operations Manager, Microsoft [...]

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