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Testing 1, 2, 3 -- Beta 3 of Windows "Longhorn" Server goes public


Windows Longhorn ServerWithout 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."

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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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35 comments
Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Microsoft is releasing the first public test version, Beta 3, of its Windows "Longhorn" Server. However, the official launch date is still in the air. Take your best guess on the actual release date (be sure to include the month, day, and year), and I'll send the winner a TechRepublic mug with either a coffe, tea, or hot chocolate single. (Please note: I'll only consider the entries that are posted in the next week - April 26 to May 3, 2007.)

JDSAL
JDSAL

The MS business products seem to be pushed before the end of the CY as that coincides with many business FY. (I.E. SQL 2005, EXCH 2007). Win2k3 however released in Q2-CY2003...anyones guess. Server core looks grrrrrrrrreat.

dtaylor7046
dtaylor7046

I myself do not use Servers, but I am going to guess around Aug. 20, 2008 is when the release will be.

stelmopooh
stelmopooh

There will be another Windows 200X release before Longhorn.

m.klein
m.klein

Like I have always said, windows is never on time. I'll take December of 2007. I might be wrong. I'm more than likely short in my time span.

DanLM
DanLM

July 4th, 2007 Dan

kyle
kyle

I'm going with March 24, 2008 because I said so.

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

It will be well after the first marketing burk says, and well before we could possibly be ready for it.

rschiestel
rschiestel

Release date of Longhorn Server: Jan. 20, 2008

Ian Thurston
Ian Thurston

the gods have decreed that it will be ready Septembuary 43rd, MMVII

crazijoe
crazijoe

My best guess would be 3 quarter of 2008.

lbindustries1
lbindustries1

Announced, then delayed, finally released by Feb 29, 2008

btpiii
btpiii

Microsoft announces the new, revised anticipated date for the release of Longhorn on February 1, 2008.

IT Dept_MBSSI
IT Dept_MBSSI

The release will be December 16, 2008. A lot of companies like to release new products near the beginning of the fiscal year. I guess so they can better measure the sales numbers throughout the rest of the year...? That's my guess.

Q'sDad
Q'sDad

12/08/08 The second Monday in Dec. of 2008. By then, Mr. Gates will be bouncing off the ceiling for it to be released. They will aim for the first Monday, but not quite make it. Just my guess. =8)

srunham
srunham

I suspect that the final release will be announced and delayed (gasp!!) and will finally be out 8th August 2008. PM :-)

CG IT
CG IT

First Quarter of 2008. The RC1 ought to be out by July/August with RC2 out September.

eliraad
eliraad

it is gonna be on September 14th 2008

egnosis
egnosis

Final Release of Longhorn: 6/30/ 2008

Chilly Willy the First
Chilly Willy the First

(be sure to include the month, day, and year)... What part of this didn't you understand ????? :(

CG IT
CG IT

ever stop to think I said January 2008 on purpose? Duuuuuuh!!!