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Microsoft Completes Development of Windows Server 2003 R2

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Server 2003 R2. The R2 version is based on Windows 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) and includes new features aimed at remote offices, identity management, and data storage.

"Windows Server 2003 R2 builds on the proven reliability and security of Windows Server 2003 and introduces new functionality and benefits in key workloads and scenarios," says Microsoft senior vice president Bob Muglia, who announced the RTM during a Tuesday Web conference. "R2 presents our customers with an array of new ways to reduce cost and complexity, boost end-user productivity, and increase the strategic value of their IT systems."

Windows 2003 R2 is the first deliverable made under the terms of Microsoft's new Windows Server roadmap, which plots upcoming major and minor releases of the system. According to the plan, Microsoft will ship major releases of Windows Server every 4 years, with minor releases, such as Windows 2003 R2, occurring at the halfway point between consecutive major releases. The next major version of Windows Server, code-named Longhorn Server, is due in 2007.

Microsoft will make Windows 2003 R2 available to customers within 60 days. The new product will replace Windows 2003 SP1, the company says.

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