zondag 22 juli 2007 22:57
Windows Server 2008 Roadmap
At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference today, COO Kevin Turner announced the worldwide ship date for Windows Server 2008: February 27. Microsoft will simultaneously release SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio Server 2008 at the same time. There will also be some local launch events...
Windows Server 2008 general availability is still months away, but Microsoft already has plans for a Windows Server 2008 R2 release in 2009. Bill Laing, general manager of the Windows Server division, announced this during his Wednesday morning keynote at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Los Angeles.
He did mention that customers can expect R2 to be available only for 64-bit servers.
"One of the reasons behind the R2 release is to keep delivering value to Software Assurance and Enterprise Agreement customers," explained Ward Ralston, senior technical product manager in the Windows Server division in a post-keynote interview. "We want to to make sure we're very predictable to those customers."
Ralston reiterated Microsoft's update plans, which is to provide software updates every two years and major releases every four years.
Windows Server 2008 is on schedule and is expected to have a release candidate prior to getting released to manufacturing (RTM) in late November or begin December.
Windows Server 2008 will be generally available in January. Windows Server codename "Cougar", aka Windows Small Business Server 2008, follows Windows Server 2008. Windows Server codename "Centro" the much-anticipated medium-sized version, is expected around or just after Cougar. Windows Server 2008 Storage Server, the storage and file server primarily targeted at SMBs, debuts sometime after Cougar and Centro.
Filed under: WindowsServer2008, General