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Jul 10 2007   11:11AM GMT

Microsoft intros Windows Server, SQL Server, Visual Studio 2008, preps big-bang rollout for Feb. 27

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Folks discounted an earlier report that Microsoft would sync up its gigantic Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio Server 2008 launches into a single “platform release” but that’s exactly what it’s going to do.

That’s the word from Microsoft COO Kevin Turner, speaking at today’s Worldwide Partner Conference kickoff keynote in Denver.Turner called this the biggest product rollout in company history.Microsoft had promised to release

Windows Server 2008 (aka Longhorn) to manufacturing by year’s end, opening the way for what some partners call a slip in the long-in-the-works server operating system. The main big-bang event will be in
Los Angeles on Feb. 27 with many more regional events planned.

Partner reaction to the earlier report was decidedly mixed, with one database specialist bemoaning the impact of earlier synched releases on product shipments.

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