Windows Server 2008 launch set for February

Microsoft announces at its partner conference that its new server operating system won't have a formal launch until a February event in Los Angeles.

DENVER--Confirming what many had expected, Microsoft announced on Tuesday that the next version of its server operating system, Windows Server 2008, won't formally launch until next year.

Microsoft said it will launch the product, which it has said will be finalized before the end of the year, at an event in Los Angeles on February 27. The company will also launch Visual Studio 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 at the same event. The company made the announcement at its Worldwide Partner Conference here.

The new operating system, formerly code-named Longhorn Server, includes the PowerShell scripting language, role-based deployment options as well as network access protection features.

Update: A Microsoft representative said Tuesday that the code for Windows Server 2008 is still set to be finished by the end of the year.

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