What a great day! Microsoft just announced the availability of Windows Server code name "Longhorn" Beta 3. I know the whole company was very anxious to get this build out to our customer and partners. To all our partners and customers: No more excuses, GetBeta3 is live. Go and grab a copy and test your solutions, your applications and your infrastructure on this build. From my virtual perspective the only setback is that we did not include Beta 1 of Windows Server Virtualization aka. 'Viridian' in this beta. 'Viridian Beta 1 will ship later this year. Mike Neil talks about the timing in an earlier post.

Instead of repeating what Microsoft folks already talk about in their blogs, here are a couple of links you might find useful:

  • Jason Olson, a team mate, talks about "Top Ways To Light Up Your Apps On Windows Server" on his "Developer Meet Server" blog. Very good read for developers! He also added a document with even more details. Don't miss this post.
  • David Lowe, member of the Windows product group, has quite detailed information in his post "Beta 3 Is Go!" over at the Windows Server Division Blog.
  • And there's of course the official press release.

Ready, Set, Go! We're on our way to RTM!

Update:

Neil, my boss, last night almost topped my favorite blog post from Jason. He blogged about Beta 3 and his blog has a great set of links making it easy to find the bits and learn more. Go and check out all the resources about Beta 3 of Windows Server code name "Longhorn" he has collected. A great collection for developers and IT Professionals and folks wanting to learn more about the next generation Windows Server OS or just try the bits at home.

 

Update 2:

Channel 9 has the signoff video up. Of course! Go check it out and enjoy Iain.