Microsoft “Longhorn” First Public Beta
The next release of Windows Server is code named “Longhorn” and it will replace the current production version of Windows Server 2003 when it is finally released.
“Microsoft will release the feature-complete, third beta for Windows Server ‘Longhorn’ on April 25, which is also the first public beta of the software. The product remains on track for release to manufacturing in the second half of 2007, and the beta code can be downloaded here. Some 10,000 people in Microsoft’s technical beta program have already tested the product, while thousands more downloaded or received the second beta and the Community Technology Preview that followed through their TechNet and MSDN subscriptions, Helene Love Snell, the senior product manager for Windows Server, told eWEEK. ‘We will be distributing beta 3 as broadly as possible to ensure the maximum number of IT professionals, developers and partners test and evaluate the new features. Our distribution programs will offer this chance to literally hundreds of thousands of people,’ she said.”