If everything goes as planned over in Redmond, Microsoft will have the first test release for Windows Server 2008 available next week
. At this week's IDF, Microsoft made the announcement along with another regarding Viridian, which this test release will include:
The release candidate will include a test version of software code-named Viridian and formally called Windows Server virtualization. This "hypervisor" allows multiple operating systems to run simultaneously, a useful technology in improving server efficiency and eventually leading toward more flexible data center operations.
They may release the test version to a limited public, though even if they do not the actual release is only 6 months away. This announcement from Microsoft comes after a delay
in August that pushed the release into 2008.