The first Release Candidate of Windows Server 2008 is now available! This is a big step towards the final release early next year. And for all of you who are curious of what we will offer around virtualization, now is your chance to try it out. Included in RC0 is the first public CTP of Windows Server Virtualization, our new technology to do hardware virtualization. For more information, visit the Virtualization website.

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More information on features of Windows Server 2008 is to be found here