Without further ado, Microsoft is finally releasing the first public test version, Beta 3, of its Windows "Longhorn" Server. According to Ward Ralston, a senior technical product manager in Microsoft's Windows Server group, Beta 3 is "feature complete," but there will be a near-final "release candidate" version released before the official launch date sometime in 2008. Read the entire scoop as presented by CNET Networks' News.com: "Microsoft releases public test of Longhorn Server."
For other slants on Windows "Longhorn" Server Beta 3, check out these links below:
- Microsoft starts testing Windows "Longhorn" server (Reuters)
- Microsoft's Windows Server Beta Arrives (Forbes | Associated Press)
- Ready, Set, Evaluate! Windows Server "Longhorn" Reaches Beta 3 (PR Newswire)
Way back in 2005, I asked the TechRepublic community to make their best guess on the actual release date of the final launch of Windows "Longhorn" Server. I'm revisiting this challenge and offering a TechRepublic mug with coffee, tea, or a hot chocolate single to the person who guesses the closest date (month, day, and year) to the official release of Windows "Longhorn" Server. There will be two winners — one from the previous discussion in 2005, and one from this post. Join the discussion, and make your guess today! (Please note: I'll only consider the entries that are posted in the next week - April 26 to May 3, 2007.)
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