We at Microsoft are on the verge of releasing one of the most powerful and reliable products in the history of the company, Windows Server 2008. Containing numerous improvements and new features, Windows Server 2008 is a product everybody can be proud of. As an ISV, what’s the best way you can get up to speed and research these many improvements, and be aware of any possible application compatibility issues you might run into? Here are some resources to help you with these questions:

  • Windows Server 2008 Product Page: This is the main Microsoft home for Windows Server 2008 as a product. You can find the many links to other Microsoft online properties regarding Windows Server 2008 on this page.
  • Windows Server 2008 MSDN Developer Center: If you are a developer targeting the Windows Server 2008 platform, this is your one-stop-shopping center for all things “Developer” with Windows Server 2008. This dev center will continue to be updated going forward, so make sure to stay tuned for more great content coming to you in the future.
  • Windows Server 2008 Application Compatibility: Although this is simply a part of the Dev Center above, I want to call it out specifically. Application Compatibility is such an important topic for ISVs and Customers alike, that I believe this is a very important collection of resources to be aware of. Especially be aware of the Application Compatibility Cookbook if you are interested in this topic.
  • Innovate On: If you desire more information regarding the Windows Server 2008 Logo Program, this is the place to go. You can find everything from the actual certification requirements, to automated tools to make your certification testing easier.
  • Dev Readiness: This site is dedicated to assisting the developer community develop high quality applications for new Windows platforms.

Now is a very exciting time to be a server developer. And with such a plethora of online resources coming from Microsoft, you should have no problem getting up to speed with this great platform. Welcome to Windows Server 2008!

Jason Olson

Technical Evangelist, DPE

http://blogs.msdn.com/jolson