Microsoft said in May that it would release the third beta of Longhorn
early 2007, but did not say exactly when. The OS is still on track for its
delayed release by the end of 2007, said Bob Visse, a senior director for Microsoft Windows Server marketing.
Beta 3 of Longhorn is expected to be feature complete and will be tweaked
only for performance and quality control before the first release
candidates of the product appear, he said.
Key new features in Longhorn include the ability for administrators to
more easily manage the OS as well as enhanced security, Visse said. These
are all features users had requested after the release of Windows Server
2003, the current version of Windows Server.
On Tuesday, Microsoft will release a second service pack of patches and
updates for Windows Server 2003, with technology that will help IT
administrators prepare hardware running Windows Server for the deployment
of Windows Vista, Visse added. Windows Vista, the long-awaited update to
the Windows client, will be available to business customers at the end of