Microsoft Releases Longhorn Server Code with Vista Beta

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2005-12-19 Print this article Print

A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that participants in the Windows Server "Longhorn" private beta program had received an updated build of Longhorn Server code as part of the Windows Vista CTP.

Microsoft Corp. released to testers Monday a build for both the Windows Vista client and for the Longhorn Server. Both the Longhorn Server and Vista client build number is 5270, testers said. Microsoft made the bits for both Windows builds available simultaneously for testers to download from the Microsoft Connect tester Web site. According to the Web site, Microsoft is making a number of different Windows SKUs available as part of the December drop.
Testers can download the Windows Vista client x86 and x64 builds; Windows Longhorn Server x86 and x64 builds; and the Windows Longhorn Server Code x86 and x64.
A Microsoft spokesperson Monday confirmed that participants in the Windows Server "Longhorn" private beta program had received an updated build of Longhorn Server code as part of the Windows Vista CTP (Community Technology Preview). "As with Windows Server Longhorn beta 1, code will not be available via public channels such as MSDN or TechNet. The goal of this private release is to continue gathering feedback from private beta program participants, including hardware vendors, system builders, software vendors, developers and technology adoption program [TAP] customers. To date, the first and only public build of Windows Server Longhorn was distributed in September at PDC 2005," she said. Late last month, Microsoft said it was moving away from its policy of issuing monthly CTPs for Windows Vista, and would now release these based instead on the achievement of quality milestones. As such, it skipped the November build but promised to deliver one before the end of the calendar year, which it did Monday. Click here to read more about Microsofts policy of issuing monthly Community Technology Previews. CTPs are interim pre-release versions of a Microsoft product that are not beta quality. They represent a snapshot of a product under development at a given time, and are meant for developers, IT professionals and testers who arent afraid to be on the bleeding edge. Shanen Boettcher, a senior director in Windows client group, confirmed in a media conference call on Monday, as first reported on Friday, that the December release includes a number of new features and user-interface tweaks. Read more here about a significant new feature for Windows Vista, known as Restart Manager, which is designed to update parts of the operating system or applications without having to reboot the entire machine. Last week testers said a new defrag module, tight integration of Windows Defender (the product formerly known as Windows Antispyware), and a functional parental-controls filter were all likely to be in the December Vista build. Boettcher said that security, performance and reliability are the cornerstone of this CTP release, with the inclusion of features like Windows Defender, which facilitates the removal of malware and spyware. To read more about Vistas security features, click here. Windows Defender also has a redesigned user interface to make it easier to use and could be run by a standard user, he said. The firewall now also has bidirectional support and filtering, as well as advanced features around IP SEC for corporations to manage and configure the firewall. Next Page: Additional features.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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