Microsoft Corp. today announced it has released to manufacturing both Windows Server 2003 and the 64-bit version of its SQL Server 2000 database, as well as releasing to the Web its Visual Studio .Net 2003 application development environment. Officials said that Visual Studio .Net 2003 will be released to manufacturing soon.
Bill Veghte, corporate vice president of the Redmond, Wash., company's Windows Server group, said in a teleconference that the products will launch on April 24. Sheryl Tullis, product manager for SQL Server, said that the Windows Server and the Visual Studio team will throw the launch, which will feature customers and partners testifying to the products' strengths. That event will take place in San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
Customers who now have a SQL Server 2000 license will be able to replace their existing license with the 64-bit version for no additional cost as of the April 24 release date. Another way to get 64-bit SQL Server 2000 will be to purchase equipment from manufacturers including Dell Computer Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., Unisys Corp. and NEC Corp.
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