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At the end of last week, Microsoft announced availability, through MSDN and TechNet (non-MSDN/TechNet subscribers can download them from, Friday 9th January), of the beta’s of Windows 7 client, and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Of interest to Partners who are investing in the Microsoft virtualisation strategy,  are a number of key new features provided with Server 2008 R2 - Partners can read all about the new features here on the legendary Matt McSpirit’s Blog, key Virtualisation features include:

· Live Migration!

· Power Management Improvements

· Support for 32 logical Processors

· RDS (Remote Desktop Services) – Terminal Services improvements

See the overview presentation for more detail