The Windows Server Division Weblog heralds the restricted release of the June 2007 Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Windows Server 2008:
MSDN and TechNet subscribers – get your shorts on and your skateboards out!! Windows Server 2008 Technical Beta participants – slip into those bikinis and hit the pool!! That’s right – the June 2007 Community Technology Preview of Windows Server 2008 is here!
Okay, so maybe the sunshine has had an effect on me, but this is exciting stuff. It’s only two months since we released Beta 3 and already we have another CTP out the door. Over 200,000 people have downloaded Beta 3 (with many, many more getting it at worldwide events or free with technical publications) and the June 2007 CTP is another step toward Release Candidate and ultimately RTM, which remains on track to hit before the end of 2007.
So what’s new in this CTP? Well, consider that Beta 3 was technically our “feature complete” milestone, so you shouldn’t expect to see much in the way of major changes from here on in. However, one major update that is present in this release is the ability to run the Web Server role (a.k.a. IIS 7.0) on a Server Core installation. This was a huge request from customers and we didn’t think we’d make it, but we managed to squeeze it in, so you should check out how that works. The main focus of this release was to fix some bugs and improve overall quality and performance over Beta 3, but obviously, you also will see some minor UI changes and tweaks.
If you are in the allowed set of beta testers, grab it while it is hot.
In related news, Netcraft has spotted 2,600 websites around the Internet that are already running Windows Server 2008 and while many are at Microsoft (including microsoft.com), the majority are at customers.