Windows Server 2008 RC0, Vista SP1: Back together again

Windows Server 2008 RC0, Vista SP1: Back together again

Summary: Microsoft announced on September 24 that it is ready to release to testers both Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate (RC) 0 and Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 beta. Vista SP1 is going out to 12,000 pre-selected testers. Windows Server 2008 RC0 is going to be broadly available for download within the next 24 hours.

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Windows Server 2008 RC0, Vista SP1: Back together againMicrosoft announced on September 24 that it is ready to release to testers both Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate (RC) 0 and Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 beta.

Testers had been expecting the new test builds of both Windows products to debut earlier this month.

Microsoft said on Monday that it is releasing the beta of SP1 to approximately 12,000 preselected testers. Testers are under non-disclosure about the beta build and are not supposed to discuss it publicly, according to Microsoft. (I guess 11,999 testers are under NDA. One doesn't seem to be.)

The final version of SP1 is slated to ship in the first quarter of 2008.

Microsoft officials said they will release to testers RC0 "within the next 24 hours." Microsoft also is releasing simultaneously the Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS7) Media Pack Community Technology Preview. This CTP will feature Windows Media Services 2008, which Microsoft says will provide two times scalabilty over Windows Media Services 9.0. The new media pack also can be installed as part of Windows Server Core.

Windows Server 2008 RC0 also incorporates the first test build of Microsoft's "Viridian" hypervisor in the form of a Community Technology Preview.

Once RC0 is available, it will be able to be downloaded from this Windows Server page. The IIS7 Media Pack CTP will be available for download here.

Topics: Software, Hardware, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Servers, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • IIS 7.0 Media Pack with Media Services 2008

    Very interesting to me. I thought it'd be great to test it when RC0 is out with hypervisor.
    Grayson Peddie
  • RE: Windows Server 2008 RC0, Vista SP1: Back together again

    It may be "RC", but it is far from "feature complete". The first thing I noticed missing is the ftp server component in IIS7. It's still the old one based on IIS6...
    takeos
  • RE: Windows Server 2008 RC0, Vista SP1: Back together again

    Microsoft needs to hurry, get off their backsides and produce a Service Pack. The constant issues that keep arising with Vista are tiresome and very frustrating. Vista's been out way to long and companies are still installing it on their PCs even though they can't remedy any of the issues that Vista has other than suggesting a full system restore of Vista. I haven't heard anything promising about a forthcoming resolution to all the bugs that have plagued Vista from the start. Vista has some nice features and a nice look to it, but that doesn't justify having to contend with the problems that come with it or the lack of support from PC companies(ie..like Dell, HP...etc.)just because they want to get the product out on the market(like Microsoft) to make as much money as possible even if the product has multiple flaws with it.
    TRJ725
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