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As we've documented on this blog before, sometimes reporters get things wrong when reporting news, and they report inaccuracies. Most often the reporters make amends once they've been shown the facts. I say "most often" ... Yesterday, IT Pro magazine (UK) posted an article about Longhorn and Windows Server virtualization (codename Viridian), and it contained errors about the timing of Windows Server virtualization and Longhorn. In this case, the reporter wasn't aware of the product milestones we announced at last year's WinHEC, and once shown what we announced last year, he admitted the error of his ways.
I found these results of this report interesting because Symantec is not always on the best of terms with Microsoft. Despite this fact, Symantec's study found that Windows Server - quoting InternetNews here - "had the fewest number of patches and the shortest average patch development time of the five operating systems it monitored in the last six months of 2006." Read more at Symantec's 11th Annual "Internet Security Threat Report."
Jeff Woolsey's 5-minute demo of Longhorn and Viridian (the virtualization feature of Longhorn) has been posted to the public site under "Spotlight." Some of you may have seen this demo on MSDN blogs. The demo also showcases Server Core of Longhorn, as well as support to run Linux guest VMs and support for 8 procs.
CNET reported that Oracle "quietly cut software prices on some lower-end servers using multicore processors." Un-related to this, if you're interested in the network access control capabilities in Longhorn, check out Adam's post about NAP.