Microsoft plans to release Windows Server 2008 on February 27th 2008 at an event in LA.
At the same tim MS will also release SQL Server 2008 and the Visual Studio 2008. All the releases will be worldwide on this day with this event.
The biggest strengh of Windows Server 2008 is NAP (Network Access Protection). This feature will prevent access to the network for devices that dont fullfil security requirements, for example an up to date anti virus scan or security patches. Also access to portable devices is then possible to be denied and the new IIS 7.0 is part of the instlaation.
The new Server Core mode is a light windows 2008 with command line only that should be implemented for dns services etc…
For all people interessted in the new operating system, you can download it free as Beta 3 from the Microsoft Homepage and try it easily in a Virtual Machine.