Microsoft’s chief executive Steve Ballmer has unveiled the next generation of server products, including Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008.
“IT professionals and developers tell us they spend too much time and money managing existing systems and not enough investing in new capabilities that create strategic advantage,” Ballmer said.
At Fidelity National Estate Agents, the combination of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 enabled the creation of a website that provides homebuyers with access to real estate and neighbourhood information about listings for sale, home values, schools and much more.
“The new website serves customised content, 3-D aerial views and animations 10 times faster than was possible with older technologies — but it also was created for approximately $1.4m less than using other development tools,” said Marty Frame, senior vice president and general manager, Cyberhomes, Fidelity National Real Estate Solutions.
Windows Server 2008 also includes a beta version of the Hyper-V virtualization technology.
SQL Server 2008 will become widely available later in 2008.