By Kevin McLaughlin, CMP Channel
6:43 PM EST Fri. Jan. 11, 2008

Windows Server 2008 is now close enough to being released to manufacturing that it’s unlikely Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) will issue a third release candidate for the long awaited OS, according to a source close to the company.
Windows Server 2008 is currently in RTM “escrow,” which means that the product team thinks the code is good to go but wants to tinker with it just a bit longer, said a source close to Microsoft, who requested anonymity. “There may very well not be an RC2,” said the source.

A Microsoft spokesperson declined comment, saying only that Microsoft “is making good progress on Windows Server 2008” and is on track to launch it at the Feb. 27 launch event in Los Angeles, at which SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 will also be introduced.


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