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Windows Server 2008 release delayed

The server edition, expected to be released to manufacturing before the end of the year, is now slated to be finalized early next year.

Windows Server 2008 is apparently going to live up to its name, with Microsoft acknowledging Wednesday that it won't be able to finish work on the product this year, as scheduled.

"Windows Server 2008, which we have been saying would Release to Manufacturing (RTM) by the end of the calendar year, is now slated to RTM in the first quarter of calendar year 2008," Microsoft said on its Windows Server blog.

As for the reasoning, the company said "while we're very happy with the feedback we're getting and the overall quality of the latest product builds, we would rather spend a little more time to meet the high quality bar that our customers and partners deserve and expect."

Then the company related the analogy that one of its program managers, Alex Hinrichs, said. "It's like a brisket," he told a colleague. "It just needs a little more time to bake."

Hopefully, Microsoft doesn't create too many vegetarians (i.e. Linux users) in the mean time.