Microsoft Trims Next Windows Server Release
Executives with the Redmond software vendor vow they will deliver the "R2" Windows Server release in 2005. But to do so, they are pushing back some features.Microsoft Corp. wants to deliver its Windows Server 2003 update, known as "R2," in 2005. To make sure it will be able do so, the company is prioritizing its feature list and moving some R2 features into later releases. Microsoft officials updated the companys Windows Server roadmap and made the changes public on Monday, in the name of maintaining "transparency" on behalf of customers.
In May, Microsoft officials said to expect R2 to include bug fixes for Windows Server 2003, as well as some of the 12 to 15 Windows Server "feature packs" that the company has rolled out since Windows Server 2003 shipped in April 2003. These feature packs include Active Directory Application Mode, SharePoint Services and Windows Update Services. Officials also said at that time that R2 would include full Network Access Protection and "Anywhere Access" capabilities, the latter of which was expected to draw on Microsofts next-generation Terminal Server features.