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Microsoft Releases Longhorn Server CTP, Visual Studio 2005 RC1

Already polishing Windows Server 2003 R2 to ship later this year, Microsoft on Thursday handed out the first Community Technology Preview of Longhorn Server, which is due out in 2007.

At the company’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles, Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Windows Server Division, lifted the veil on planned Longhorn Server features such as Citrix-style application publishing/remoting, Internet information Server 7.0, a Transaction File System dubbed TxF, and workflow services support.

Microsoft also handed out Visual Studio 2005 Release Candidate 1 to developers at PDC and to MSDN subscribers.

Beta 1 of Longhorn Server was released in late July. Though the new bits represent a minor update of that code, Muglia drew applause by unveiling plans for TxF, a Transactional File System update to the existing NTFS that offers rollback capabilities.

"TxF storage is a Transactional File System update to NTFS allows all file systems to be transacted. If you aren’t using it, there's no overhead, and if you are using it, there's little overhead."

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