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Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Set To Start On October 22nd

Microsoft has announced that its latest server product, Windows Server 2008 R2 will be widely available on the 22nd of October, the same day when Windows 7 will be available.

During a keynote address at Computex 2009 in Taipei, Microsoft's OEM Division Corporate Vice President Steve Guggenheimer told the audience tat the company will deliver the Release To Manufacturing code to partners in the second half of July 2009.

It was very likely from the onset that Microsoft will be launching both products at the same time. A number of features within Windows 7 targeting businesses such as Direct Access and Branch Cache require Windows Server 2008 R2 to work.

This means that by the beginning of October 2009, most computer companies will have a whole set of new operating systems for new systems. Microsoft will be trying hard to convince businesses to upgrade their ageing Windows Server 2003 machines by providing to the necessary tools to do so.

However, Microsoft has yet to reveal the pricing details for Windows Server 2008 R2 and what, apart from features like Hyper-V and Processor capacity mode, will be the other unique features that set it apart from its predecessor.

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Users can try Windows Server 2008 R2 Release candidate by going here (opens in new tab) until the end of June and try it for 180 days. You can also download the Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) Windows Server 2008 R2 RC Enterprise and Server Core images for Hyper-V.

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