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Windows Server 2003 Delayed

The general release of Microsoft’s Windows Server 2003 has been pushed back until at least April and could easily slip past that timeframe.

The wait for .NET keeps getting longer. The general release of Microsoft’s Windows Server 2003 has been pushed back until at least April and could easily slip past that timeframe. As of this writing, the formerly named Windows .NET Server 2003 was entering the Release Candidate 2 stage. Microsoft products typically go through several RCs before being sent to manufacturing; sometime after that, the product hits the streets.

One Microsoft contractor said that Windows Server 2003 would be released in April, “only if everything goes perfectly.” Windows Server 2003 was originally scheduled for release last year. That time frame slammed into the brick wall of the Trustworthy Computing initiative, which halted all work on products while developers were given additional security training and product code was examined and re-tuned to eliminate vulnerabilities. Microsoft has repeatedly touted Windows Server 2003 as being “secure out of the box.” Initially, however, Trustworthy Computing was to push back Windows Server 2003 only until the end of 2002. RC1, the first “near-completion” release, was released last July. To sign up for RC2, visit www.microsoft.com/windows.netserver/preview/obtaining.mspx.

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Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Virtualization Review.

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