Microsoft ships Windows Server update

Microsoft said on Wednesday that it has shipped Windows Server 2003 R2, a new version of its server operating system.

The software is shipping on servers from Dell, IBM and HP, the company said. In addition, Microsoft customers under the company's Enterprise Software Assurance licensing plan will also soon have access to the product.

The update includes improved branch office and storage management abilities and other capabilities, some of which have previously been released as feature packs. R2 is based on the core of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, which was released last year.

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