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Microsoft Sets Launch Plans -- for Next Year

By Eric Lai
July 16, 2007 12:00 PM ET

Computerworld - DENVER  Kevin Turner, Micro­soft Corp.s chief operating officer, said at the companys Worldwide Partner Conference here 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 Microsofts 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 isnt being changed, although the formal product launch wont occur until next year.

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