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Microsoft readies revamped database, security software

At its TechEd conference, the company announces "release candidates" of its key database server, SQL Server, plus test versions of security software.

Microsoft on Tuesday said it's set to release near-final versions of its key database server and other business-oriented software.

The company announced a "release candidate" of SQL Server 2008, along with test versions of security and identity management software, at its TechEd conference in Orlando, Fla.

Also on tap for later this month is a release candidate of Microsoft Application Virtualization, version 4.5, the company said. Microsoft also announced a server-virtualization validation program, which lets software developers test and validate their code running against Windows Server 2008 and previous versions of the operating system.

Microsoft Senior Vice President Bob Muglia said Identity Lifecycle Manager 2, beta 3, a tool for configuring and managing identification on corporate networks, is now available.

Also released in beta testing is Forefront Security for Office Communications Server, beta 1, a tool that helps prevent instant messaging-based malicious software, the company said. In the first half of next year, Microsoft plans to incorporate within Forefront support for virtualization.

Muglia said the announcements are part of Microsoft's overarching Dynamic IT initiative for automating enterprise technology to make it more flexible.