It looks like the cat has been let out of the bag and Microsoft have finally come clean with the 2009 release date for Windows 7 (and as such Windows Se rver 2008 R2). This article from The Register has the details and claims an August 2009 release. For those of you like myself who have been using the Windows 7 Beta for sometime know how stable and polished it is – especially for a beta.
Microsoft had previously announced that such a release would be a joint affair for both desktop (ie: Windows 7) and server (ie: Windows Server 2008 R2) operating systems – reminiscent of their release schedule from years past. Up until now Microsoft have always stuck to their Q1 2010 release date message which to me always seemed rather unlikely due to how far the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 beta’s were along the beta testing track combined with the maturity of each of these pre releases.
In relation to the virtualization hypervisor market it makes sense that Microsoft not wait too long in getting the Windows Server 2008 R2 release out the door as this includes a significant update to their Hyper-V product. This update to Hyper-V includes features that will brings it a large step closer to being seriously considered in a company’s virtualisation strategy. With VMware’s recent vSphere product launch this is another good driver to bring out Windows Server 2008 R2 sooner rather than later before companies make the investment in time and money to update to vSphere, or another competing product such as XenServer.
If you haven’t given Windows 7 a go then head over to Microsoft’s Windows 7 site here and download a beta copy. Here at TechHead I give it two thumbs up!