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IBM Launches Websphere 8

IBM is going to launch the next version of its flagship Java application server, Websphere 8, on July 17, sources inside the company revealed. IBM is also expected to make Websphere available online from the release date; media packs which will be issued from July 22.

Websphere 8 will mark the first time that a server in the Websphere series offers full support for Java EE 6, the new enterprise Java standard.

Steve Robinson, a U.K. Websphere consultant said, “It will also be the first version of the software to run IBM’s installation manager, which the company has started packaging with much of its software.”

Robinson added, “While the company has made a lot of changes in Websphere 8, overall, this version is more of a fine-tuning of the code base, at least compared to the overhaul the company did for version 7, released in 2008.” He also claimed that the new version loads faster and adds more interactive drag-and-drop interface options.

An IBM spokesperson confirmed the validity of these reports but refused to comment on the accuracy of the release date mentioned in the reports.

As of now, all eyes are centered on the upcoming conference for IBM middleware, where the company bosses are expected to make further revelations about the release of the new Websphere.