Were you one of the many, and the chances are that being a reader of Inside Edge dumps you squarely into the informed geek category (and there really is no offense meant in that remark, says a fellow informed geek), who mourned the passing of promised core parts of Longhorn such as WinFS when Vista finally emerged? If you shed a tear then, perhaps you might want to get the big box of tissues out again. This is not going to be a good news day for you. It has come to my attention that attempts to revive a version …

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Microsoft has released the first public Beta version of Windows Server ‘Longhorn’ Beta 3 which can be downloaded from [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/getbeta3"]here[/URL]. This is part of what Microsoft is referring to as the ‘Second Wave of Innovation’ to be delivered during the next 12 months. It started with Vista and Office 2007, continues with Longhorn, and will carry on with Visual Studio ‘Orcas’ and SQL Server ‘Katmai.’ What this announcement means is that developers and the curious who are not TechNet subscribers can, at long last, get their hands on a legal copy of Longhorn to play with. The big question is …

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Bill Gates today announced at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference ([URL="http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/winhec"]WinHEC[/URL]) 2006 the immediate availability of Beta 2 versions of the three Microsoft flagship products. This is the first time that Microsoft has released such a trio simultaneously. “The release of these three betas is a significant milestone for Microsoft and a major step toward delivering the platforms that will drive the next decade of computing,

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According to hardware.silicon.com, Microsoft revealed Longhorn Server (Windows Server 2007?) to 5000 people this week. Microsoft confirmed the release that these people will receive a beta for the next-generation OS. The Longhorn Server is not available for public download. There is no date schedule for when a beta may or may not be made available to the general public. As a recent certification graduate for Windows Server 2003, I am interested in the release, and would not mind having my hands on it. Windows Server 2003 (W2K3) features many new improvements from Windows 2000 Server, such as improved IIS tools, …

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