Windows Server 2008 hits the streets

Users can choose from five versions of Windows Server 2008

Microsoft Wednesday made available the final beta of Windows Server 2008 and said it is on track for shipment at a planned launch event at the end of February. Microsoft made Windows Server RC1 available for download as a 30-day free trial or for evaluation until June 30, 2008 if the user requests a product key. RC stands for "release candidate" and signifies the software is ready for a final beta test before shipment.

Microsoft said it is on target to ship the final pieces of Windows Server 2008 on or before a planned February 27 launch event in Los Angeles to introduce the server, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 (which has shipped). Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer indicated in July that those three products will form the backbone of the platform for building Web-based and online services.

It could be a rough road to customer adoption for Microsoft with Windows Server 2008. A recent survey of 687 IT professionals conducted by Network World showed 50% said they have no plans whatsoever to upgrade to Windows Server 2008 at any time after it launches in February.

RC1 is actually the second release candidate Microsoft has shipped for Windows Server 2008. RC0 was shipped September 20. While RC1 is feature complete, the Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) component has been removed from the server software. WSS was included in RC0.

Users can choose from five versions of Windows Server 2008, including x86 and x64 versions. The x64 versions include the first beta of Microsoft's new Hyper-V virtualization technology.

In addition, the Windows Server 2008 versions are available in a number of languages:

  • Standard and Enterprise: Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish

  • Datacenter and Web Server: English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish

  • Itanium-Based Systems: English, French, German, and Japanese

Microsoft says more than 1.8 million users have obtained Windows Server 2008 evaluation code to date. In November, Microsoft outlined the pricing for the eight versions of Windows Server 2008.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

John Fontana

Network World
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?