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Updated Build Out to 'Longhorn' Testers

Microsoft has confirmed that a new build of the current beta of "Longhorn" server is shipping to some participants in the current Windows Vista technology preview.

The February Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Vista was released on Tuesday and is available to roughly half a million potential test participants via Microsoft's TechNet and MS Developer Network (MSDN) services, as well as other distribution channels. Longhorn is the code name for the next major release of Windows Server, due out in 2007.

Also receiving the updated build of Longhorn are members of Microsoft's private beta Longhorn program who are members of the Windows Vista CTP.

"As with previous Windows Server 'Longhorn' releases, this code will not be available via channels such as MSDN or TechNet...The goal of this release is to continue gathering feedback from private beta program participants, including hardware vendors, partners and technology adoption program (TAP) customers," the company said in an e-mailed statement.

The official Windows Server "Longhorn" CTP program will begin following the release of Beta 2 in the first half of 2006, the statement continued.

About the Author

Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.

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