Microsoft Sets 2008 Launch Plans

Kevin Turner, Micro-soft Corp.'s chief operating officer, said at the company's Worldwide Partner Conference in Denver last week that Windows Server 2008 -- formerly code-named Longhorn Server -- will be launched next February along with upgrades of SQL Server and Visual Studio. Turner called those three products the "big dogs" of Microsoft's enterprise software portfolio and told the resellers and other business partners at the conference that he expects the joint rollout to generate "a feeding frenzy of opportunity" as users look to upgrade.

Microsoft had previously indicated that Windows Server 2008 would be available before the end of this year. Company officials said last week that the late-2007 release schedule isn't being changed, although the formal product launch won't occur until next year.

News source: PCWorld

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You should; the 2005 Express products are actually quite good and allow to build a Windows control library, which is something you couldn't do in the standard version of 2003.

Plus, it's free!!

SQL aready getting an update - didn't realise. I figured 2005 was quite a recent release, then you look at the date and think "whoah"

Turner called those three products the "big dogs" of Microsoft's enterprise software portfolio

The three big dogs, eh... Are they going to crash like their namesakes?