More Than 500 Apps Pledged For Windows Server 2008

Microsoft's Metro Early Adoption program helped provide more than 1,000 independent software vendors access to training, documentation and technical resources for the new OS.
More than 500 software applications designed to work with the Windows Server 2008 operating system should be available in the coming weeks, Microsoft said Tuesday.

IBM, Symantec, BMC Software, BEA Systems, McAfee and Sun Microsystems are among the major vendors planning to release Windows Server 2008-compatible products, Microsoft said.

The list also includes many smaller, specialty software vendors -- such as PayDay Software Systems, ShipNet AS, and Accountable Software.

Microsoft said it's provided more than 1,000 independent software vendors access to training, documentation and technical resources to help them build applications for the new OS through a program called Metro Early Adoption.

"Our top priority is to provide the best development environment possible," said Bob Visse, senior director of Microsoft's Windows Server Marketing Group, in a statement.

Microsoft plans to formally launch Windows Server 2008 on Wednesday at a high profile event in Los Angeles. The event, which the company is calling 'Heroes Happen Here', will also be used to officially unveil Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008.

In addition to software makers, a number of major hardware vendors and chipmakers -- including Dell, HP, Intel and AMD -- are expected to participate.

Server operating systems reside on a server and play the role of traffic cop on a computer network -- routing internal communications and Web traffic and serving up applications and related utilities.

Windows Server 2008 offers a number of significant enhancements over its most recent predecessor, Windows Server 2003.

Among the software's more highly anticipated features are Windows PowerShell, a command line shell with more than 130 management tools and an integrated scripting language; and Internet Information Services 7.0, a built-in Web server that brings together numerous online publishing technologies.

To date, more than 1.8 million users have put earlier, trial versions of Windows Server 2008 through its paces, according to Microsoft.

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