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Microsoft hides Windows Server delay

Quietly pushes release back amid Vista SP1 news

When Microsoft unveiled the long-awaited details of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 this week, the company also quietly pushed back the release date for another highly anticipated product, Windows Server 2008.

The update to Microsoft's server OS, formerly code-named Longhorn, had been due for release by the end of the year, but the company said on Wednesday that the new target for release is the first quarter of 2008. The email was sent in conjunction with the timeline for and details of the release of Vista SP1, a service pack for the client OS that many customers have been waiting for before they upgrade to Vista.

Microsoft also detailed the delay in a blog entry on its Windows Server Division Weblog. The entry, attributed to Helene Love Snell, a group product manager in the Windows Server team, cited quality issues with the current build of the product as the reason for the delay.

"Microsoft’s first priority is to deliver a great product to our customers and partners, and while we’re very happy with the feedback we’re getting and the overall quality of the latest product builds, we would rather spend a little more time to meet the high quality bar that our customers and partners deserve and expect," Snell wrote.


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