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The release of Windows 7 is anticipated to be available to customers in time for the holiday shopping season. In addition, Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate (RC) is now available with the final product releasing to market in the same timeframe as Windows 7.
“Microsoft is committed to ensuring that IT professionals and developers continue to have the platform and technologies to drive maximum value and business results. Getting the most out of IT investments is even more important in today’s economy,” said Bill Veghte, senior vice president of the Windows Business at Microsoft, who delivered a keynote speech at Microsoft Tech•Ed North America 2009.
Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 include security, reliability and productivity enhancements, which, when used together, help deliver significant cost savings and productivity gains with features such as DirectAccess and BranchCache.
You can download Windows 7 RC. For more information about how you can take advantage of the features of Windows 7 in your development efforts, see Walkthrough to Get Your Applications Ready for Windows 7.
New features mentioned today that are new to the release candidate of Windows Server 2008 R2:
Windows Server 2008 R2 RC also offers increased hardware utilization and server availability with built-in Live Migration for virtualization technologies.
You can download Windows Server 2008 R2. For more information about using Windows Server 2008 R2 features in your products, see How to Get Started Leveraging Windows Server 2008 R2 Features.
Also announced at TechEd, a Community Technology Preview of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 (formerly SQL Server code-named “Kilimanjaro”) will be available in the second half of 2009. SQL Server 2008 R2 will empower end users to make better decisions through self-service business intelligence, and help IT drive greater efficiency and reduce costs through new capabilities such as multi-server management and Master Data Services. In 2010, Microsoft will also introduce complex event processing for real-time insight into streaming information.
For more information about SQL Server 2008 R2, see Microsoft Empowers Enterprises to Think Bigger About Business Intelligence.