Windows Server 2008 Finally Released to Manufacturing

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2008-02-04 Print this article Print

The event marks the end of the almost five years that it has taken Microsoft to get the operating system out of the door.

Microsoft has hit the final milestone in the long and rocky road to Windows Server 2008, announcing Feb. 4 that it has released to manufacturing the final code for that product.  

The software maker will also issue customer advice and guidance about upgrading, as well as consolidated information on the upgrade tools it will offer to help with this.

The release to manufacturing marks the end of almost five years that it has taken Microsoft to get Windows Server 2008 out the door, following the release of Windows Server 2003 in April 2003. Microsoft made the updated Windows Server 2003 Release 2 available in December 2005.  

Microsoft had initially hoped to ship Windows Server "Longhorn" and Windows Vista Service Pack 1 at the same time-in the second half of 2007-but the release of the server software was delayed.  

Microsoft will launch Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 at a wave of events titled "Heroes happen {here}" beginning Feb. 27 in Los Angeles.  

In an interesting turn of events, Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1 could still ship at the same time, as Vista SP1 is expected to be released before the end of March. But that is unlikely as the company wants the focus to be on the three new products.  

Microsoft's virtualization hypervisor, known as Hyper-V, has also been pushed out as a result of the delays in the server software and is now expected to ship within 180 days of Windows Server 2008.

eWEEK Labs tests Windows Server 2008 virtualization.  

"When Windows Server 2008 ships, those versions that have Hyper-V will include the beta bits for that, and those will be updated to the final version when that ships within 180 days," Brad Anderson, Microsoft's general manager for the Windows and Enterprise management division, said in November.

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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