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Longhorn Server Tech Preview Bows

Microsoft is shipping the latest Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Windows Server "Longhorn," according to statements posted on a company blog last weekend.

Referred to as the August CTP and designated as Build 5600 -- the same numbering as Vista RC1-- the release is primarily a stability and performance update.

"You won't find many additional features over Beta 2, but there are big gains in performance and reliability as we've been able to bake in all the core OS improvements that were happening simultaneously in Windows Vista, as well as fix a bunch of our own bugs, " says the posting.

Longhorn began beta testing at the same time Windows Vista did in late July 2005 -- with Beta 2 beginning last May, also at the same time as Vista. However, Longhorn will have a third beta in the first half of 2007. It is due to ship in the second half of 2007.

The CTP is available for subscribers to the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) and Microsoft TechNet.

About the Author

Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.

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