Microsoft is planning to highlight the Windows-UNIX interoperability and cross-platform application-portability strategies that will come into place pending Windows Server 2003 R2 operating system release at this week's LinuxWorld conference. The company plans to promote Microsoft's "Services for UNIX" subsystem that Microsoft is integrating into R2.

"I can confirm that the next-generation of several components of Services for UNIX are being integrated into Windows Server 2003 R2. The Network File System (NFS) client, NFS Server, User/Name Mapping, Telnet Server & Client, Password Sync and NIS Server components of Services for Unix are all present in the Windows Server 2003 R2 builds," said Bill Hilf, the head of Microsoft's Linux lab, in response to one of the Slashdot questioners.