A second big announcement from Microsoft comes today in the form of the release to manufacturing of the long awaited Windows Server 2008. This new operating system that is set to challenge the most versatile and solid Linux distributions oriented to the server market will become available for purchase beginning March 1.

Windows Server 2008 is built on the Windows NT 6.0 kernel (same as Vista) and is the successor to Windows Server 2003. Among the feature highlights for this new release Microsoft touts the OS as being more web friendly than ever, with an improved version of Internet Information Services for simplified yet powerful server management.

Virtualization (HyperV) is also playing an important card on Server 2008's list of features, self-healing NTFS volumes, improved hot patching, and dynamic hardware partitioning which adds support for the hot-addition or replacement of processors and memory on capable hardware.