Microsoft is making the rounds to preview and promote its forthcoming Windows Server 2008 and Internet Information Server 7, the Web server that ships as a part of the operating system. A lot has changed in computing since the last major release of Microsoft's operating system.
Server software, however, is more change-resistant, since IT shops don't want their servers radically changing with each upgrade. That could result in vital, mission critical applications breaking. On some levels, Windows 2008 has not changed radically, but on a different level, it has, said one analyst.
"Servers just get incrementally better each time, and I do think that is the case with Windows Server 2008," said Directions on Microsoft analyst Mike Cherry. "That's the good thing about Server 2008. But I do think in general when you add the pieces together, a little change here, a little change there, Windows Server is pretty compelling as a product."