Longhorn December CTP Ships
Just as the holidays kicked off, Microsoft shipped the latest community
technology preview of Windows "Longhorn" Server.
Microsoft shipped the second beta test version of Longhorn in May at
its Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Seattle and shipped
a follow-up, dubbed the August CTP, in mid-September. The newest release
is referred to as the December CTP.
Longhorn was delayed until the second half of 2007 after Microsoft had
to push back the release of Windows Vista early last spring. (See "Longhorn
Server -- Slip Sliding Away?," April 26, 2006.) Although there
is still plenty of time for Microsoft to delay Longhorn -- the server
version of Vista -- yet again, the company's current stance is that it
will ship on the revised schedule.
The December CTP is build number 6001.16406, which is the most recent
build after 5600, which comprised the August CTP release.
However, only technical beta participants can download the current CTP.
To get the download, go here.
Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.