In a previous post I wrote that the release date for Windows Server 2008 (formally “Longhorn”), Visual Studio 2008 (formally “Orcas”) and SQL Server 2008 will be February 27th. Turns out that this release schedule is accurate on average. Visual Studio 2008 will be available to developers three months earlier, at the end of November. SQL Server, on the other hand, will only be available sometime in Q2 2008. The version available at the launch will be a CTP (Community Tech Preview) only. As for Windows Server 2008, since RTM was delayed to the end of 2007 we will have to wait and see.
In the meantime Microsoft’s new hypervisor, previously codenamed Viridian has been officially branded “Hyper-V”. Microsoft also announced that they will create a specialized virtualization product called “Hyper-V Server”. It will be released 90 days after Hyper-V itself and seems to be a stripped-down version of Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition that only includes the virtualization role.