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Microsoft Preps Windows Services For Unix 3.5

As LinuxWorld Expo approaches, Microsoft will try to upstage gains made by its open source rivals next week by launching Windows Services For Unix 3.5.

Windows Services for Unix 3.5, which is currently in beta testing and will be officially launched next week, is updated for the latest round of Windows offerings, Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP.

The upgrade also significantly improves the ability to recompile Unix and Linux applications to run on Windows, said one key Microsoft executive in charge of battling the Linux threat.

"It goes up into the 90 percent range," said Martin Taylor, general manager for Platform Strategies at Microsoft, about the recompiling improvements.

Taylor also noted the 3.5 edition adds a number of libraries and ASP.NET and CE.NET improvements that will enable easier corporation migrations from Unix to Windows, as well as interoperability of Windows in mixed environments.

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