Release Candidate (RC0) for Windows Server 2008 will be available for download within the next 24 hours. With this release, Microsoft’s partners and customers can download and experience a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Windows Server virtualization. For more information, please see our PressPass feature and Windows Server Team blog.


Additionally, Microsoft announced the availability of the Windows Media Services 2008 RC0 and Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS7) Media Pack CTP. Windows Media Services 2008 provides 2x scalability over Windows Media Services 9.0 and now supports a Server Core installation, enabling reduced footprints for fixed-function streaming server scenarios. With the new IIS7 Media Pack CTP, customers benefit from dynamic per-file “bit-rate throttling,” which saves network bandwidth while preserving the fast start-up experience for end users.  Windows Media Services 2008 RC0 will be available for download at; the IIS7 Media Pack CTP will be available at


Microsoft today also announced the release of Windows Vista SP1 Beta to a select group of approximately 12K testers.  This release focuses on addressing specific reliability and performance issues, supporting new types of hardware, and adding support for several emerging standards. In addition to the news around SP1, Microsoft also announced that pre-release versions of reliability and compatibility fixes are available today on the Connect site and will later be available via Windows Update. For more information on today’s announcements, please see the Windows Vista team blog, the Windows Experience Blog  and a video by Channel 9.  In addition, Jon DeVaan, Senior Vice President of the Windows Core Operating System Division, spoke about SP1 in an August 29th QA on PressPass.