New Windows Server, Visual Studio coming Feb. '08

Microsoft has dated the release of the next version of its server operating system, Windows Server 2008. As Ars Technica reports, the new OS is now scheduled to roll out on February 27, 2008, together with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008.

Previously code-named Windows Server "Longhorn", Windows Server 2008 will offer many of the same improvements as Windows Vista, including the same re-written network stack. According to Ars, Server 2008 will integrate more tightly with Vista, which should help the popularity of both OSes. The site also says Microsoft has focused on virtualization and terminal services with the new server operating system, reportedly building in a significant amount of functionality that previously required third-party software.

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