Microsoft Says Windows 7 to Ship for Holiday Season
Microsoft is announcing new or updated technology and information related to Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate, Office 2010 and SQL Server 2008 at its TechEd North America conference. Microsoft says Windows 7 will ship in time for the holiday buying season, and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be released to the market in the same time frame.At its TechEd North America conference, Microsoft is announcing new or updated technology and information related to four key areas: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate, Office 2010 and SQL Server 2008. During his May 11 keynote speech at the event being held May 11 to 15 in Los Angeles, Bill Veghte, senior vice president of the Windows Business at Microsoft, said, "With early RC testing and extensive partner feedback we've received, Windows 7 is tracking well for holiday availability."
Moreover, "Microsoft is committed to ensuring that IT professionals and developers continue to have the platform and technologies to drive maximum value and business results," Veghte said. "Getting the most out of IT investments is even more important in today's economy."
"We are improving the efficiency of our branch offices and saving bandwidth by using BranchCache in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7," Lukas Kucera, IT services manager of Lukoil CEEB, said in a statement . "Some of our smaller facilities, such as the office in Slovakia and the storage terminal in Belgium, have just five to 10 users, so it's not efficient to deploy a file server on-site, but it consumes bandwidth to have them continually accessing files from the main servers. BranchCache is the perfect solution." Meanwhile, Microsoft is giving TechEd attendees the first opportunity to participate in the invitation-only Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview program, which will be available in July 2009. The Microsoft Office 2010 wave of products boosts productivity by giving users a familiar experience across the PC, phone and browser, the company said. For IT professionals, Office 2010 will offer more choice and flexibility in how they buy and manage their IT assets, helping them reduce costs, according to Microsoft. For developers, it will provide a platform for building innovative, connected Office-related applications with greater ease, Wahbe said. More information is available here.
In addition, Microsoft announced that a Community Technology Preview of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2-formerly code-named Kilimanjaro-will be available in the second half of 2009. SQL Server 2008 R2 will empower users to make better decisions through self-service business intelligence, and help IT drive greater efficiency and reduce costs through new capabilities such as multiserver management and Master Data Services, Ralston said. In 2010, Microsoft will also introduce complex event processing for real-time insight into streaming information, the company said.