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Windows Server 2008 Launches

Microsoft launched Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, and SQL Server 2008 on Wednesday in Los Angeles, focusing on enabling the productivity and agility of developers and IT professionals around the globe.

Microsoft's new products include an upgraded version of the company's Web server, Internet Information Services 7.0, as well as a litany of Web development technologies. Internet hosting company Rackspace has found that hardware requirements have decreased 16% to 35% per cluster by using IIS 7.0.

Microsoft is making its first major foray into server virtualization with Hyper-V, a forthcoming feature of Windows Server 2008 that today is only available in a test version, Hyper-V will run virtualized instances of Linux, and IIS 7.0 includes the ability to host PHP applications.

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