Microsoft has dropped a hint that Windows Server 2008 R2 will be shipped alongside Windows 7 operating system sometime around the end of this year.
In an interview with the CNet.com, Bill Laing, Microsoft’s vice president for its Windows Server division, notified that the server is all set to be shipped by the end of the year, but declined to cite an exact date of the launch.
However, Laing asserted that the Release Candidate (RC) for Windows Server 2008 R2 was “not far away” pointing that it could be released alongside RC of Windows 7, which is expected to be released very soon. Along the same line, Laing said in a statement, “It's not far away, but we don't have a final date yet”.
Incidentally, Microsoft UK last week claimed that the software firm was actually planning to make a couple of big announcements surrounding the Windows 7 launch, and it is broadly believed that Windows Sever 2008 will most likely to be included in those.
Launching the two products seems to be a viable proposition, simply because many Windows 7 business features, including Direct Access and Branch Cache, would require Windows Server 2008 R2 to function.
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It would make sense should Microsoft launch both products at the same time. It would help Microsoft deploy Windows 7 more quickly in entreprises and would encourage them to migrate to newer technology. This is something which many tech companies are betting on in order to kick start the technology sector. That is a bet that Microsoft is willing to take and there's nothing much it can lose at this stage.