Microsofts WinHEC Message: Were Turning the Corner

MS execs will give the road maps for Windows Vista, Longhorn Server and Office 2007 at the upcoming annual hardware engineering conference in Seattle. (Microsoft Watch)

"Were turning the corner on all three of our core products. We are heading toward delivery."

Thats going to be Microsofts message to the 3,000 attendees of WinHEC, which kicks off on May 23 in Seattle, said Mike Burk, product manager with the Windows group.

Microsoft will use the show to highlight advances it has made in its core trio of Windows Vista, Longhorn Server and Office 2007, Burk said, and will demonstrate to attendees how those three offerings can be "combined into a single platform."

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Testers are expecting Microsoft to deliver refreshed test versions of all three products next week, a development about which Burk declined to comment.

Testers are expecting the "Consumer" CTP (Community Technology Preview), also known as "Beta 2," the second beta release of Longhorn Server and the second beta of Office 2007 all to hit some time during the week of May 22.

This week, in anticipation of WinHEC, Microsoft released the final hardware requirements for Windows Vista, which grouped new and existing systems into "Vista-Capable" and "Vista-Premium" categories.

Microsoft also released a software utility, the Windows Upgrade Advisor, which allows potential Vista customers to check whether their systems are powerful enough to run Vista before installing it.

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