Microsoft's Windows Server 2008 may be delayed after Redmond put back the release to manufacturing (RTM) date.
The company originally planned to release the software to server manufacturers, developers and other partners by the end of this year.
It has now said the RTM date will be "in the first quarter of 2008". As a result, third-party testing of the product will be delayed, which could have a knock-on effect when it comes to shipping the software to end-users.
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Microsoft had promised to launch the product at a Los Angeles event on 27 February. It says this event will still take place, but it has not confirmed commercial availability will be unaffected by the delayed RTM date.
The product is currently in final beta 3 development.
Helene Love Snell, Windows Server product manager, said in a company blog, "Windows Server 2008, which we have been saying would Release to Manufacturing (RTM) by the end of the calendar year, is now slated to RTM in the first quarter of calendar year 2008."
She said, "Microsoft's first priority is to deliver a great product to our customers and partners, and while we are very happy with the feedback we are getting and the overall quality of the latest product builds, we would rather spend a little more time to meet the high-quality bar that our customers and partners deserve and expect."