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Microsoft: No Delay for Windows Server 2003 R2

Windows Server 2003 R2 did not debut at IT Forum but the upgrade will be released to manufacturing by the end of the year, Microsoft executives said.

At Microsoft's IT Forum in Barcelona, Spain, the software giant announced the planned release of the complementary Virtual Server 2005 R2 to manufacturing in December--and a major price cut--but did not announce the next big milestones for the R2 version of the Windows Server 2003--the release to manufacturing and ship dates.

Microsoft said the debut of Windows Desktop Search for Enterprise Deployment at IT Forum has no bearing on the schedule for Windows Server 2003 R2.

From his office in Redmond, Wash., Windows Server executive Bob Kelly said R2 will not be delayed. He did not say why Microsoft said little about R2's ship date except to say Microsoft discussed core scenarios of R2 at IT Forum as it prepares for going gold in the near future, he said.

"There's no holdup. We're still on target for what we promised," said Kelly. "We will RTM before the end of the calendar year."

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