Microsoft releases Longhorn beta

Microsoft Corp. has released the first public beta
of the next-generation of its Windows Server operating system,
code-named Longhorn.

The company plans to release a final version of the software in
the second half of 2007, according to a company announcement.

This version of the software will be the first version of
Windows Server to natively incorporate PowerShell, the enhanced Unix-like shell

Other features promised include additional remote-management
tools and Active Directory Federation Services, which will allow
organizations to share authentication policies.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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