The new version of Windows Home Server has officially been released, with the product due to reach TechNet and MSDN subscribers in early April and start showing up on computers in May.
Users of standard version of Visual Studio 2008 or 2005 can upgrade to the new version for $299 for a limited time. Also, Visual Studio 2010 Professional will come with a 1-year trial version of MSDN.
The updated test version is now available to members of Microsoft's MSDN and TechNet developer programs.
MSDN, TechBeta, and TechNet subscribers can get their hands on the software now, while the general public will get to test-drive the new OS starting Friday.
A test version of the forthcoming update to Windows XP is expanded to include MSDN and TechNet subscribers. The service pack is largely a collection of previously issued bug fixes and security updates.
Members of MSDN and TechNet can download the final code of the new OS. Plus, some testers of Vista will get free copies.
Taps TechNet and MSDN members for evaluation of early version of the planned update of its e-mail and calendar server software.
The software giant removes the second test version of the next edition of Office that it accidentally posted on its MSDN Web site.
Microsoft has launched an XML Web site for software developers. The site, called the MSDN XML Developer Center, will provide programmers with software tools, advice, and other resources for XML. The technology is a Web standard that lets businesses easily exchange data.
Microsoft folded its Site Builder Network into the MSDN developer site for creating applications for the Windows operating system. The combined sites will feature a customizable start page and merged search functionality.