Microsoft will offer a release candidate of its 'Longhorn' Windows Server 2008 product next week, according to media reports.
"The long wait for Longhorn is inching [to] its close after Microsoft said today that it should have a release candidate of the server OS out next week," said Martin Veitch on The Inquirer.
"However, Microsoft still won't ship the product, officially named Windows Server 2008, until early next year."
Delays in the latest version of Microsoft's server product have seen the release date slip consistently.
The first beta was released on 27 July 2005. The second beta was unveiled in May 2006 at WinHEC in Seattle, alongside beta versions of Office 2007 and Windows Vista.
Windows Longhorn Server Beta 2 was accessible to a group of about 500,000 developers and partners at that stage.
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