Microsoft delays release of Windows Server 2008

Software giant Microsoft pushes back the release to manufacturing of its next server operating system.

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By  Michele Howe Published  August 30, 2007

Software giant Microsoft has pushed back the release to manufacturing of its next server operating system Windows Server 2008.

The firm announced via a company blog that it was delaying the release date of its successor to Windows Server 2003 to the first quarter of 2008.

The server operating system, which was previously known under the code name Windows Server ‘Longhorn', was originally slated for release to manufacturing at the end of this year.

Release to manufacturing (RTM) is when the product is made available to hardware manufacturers for testing on their server hardware.

"Microsoft's first priority is to deliver a great product to our customers and partners, and while we're very happy with the feedback we're getting and the overall quality of the latest product builds, we would rather spend a little more time to meet the high quality bar that our customers and partners deserve and expect," Helene Love Snell, Windows Server product manager, explained on the blog.

http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/archive/2007/08/29/windows-server-2008-timing-update.aspx

The product is still on schedule for its official launch in Los Angeles on 27 February, she added.

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