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Microsoft rolls out next-generation products

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Redmond, Wash.—Microsoft Corp. announced it has launched the next generation of its infrastructure and application platform products, including Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

The company said in a release that the launch “represents a major milestone to help customers on the road to Dynamic IT, Microsoft’s initiative to help customers optimize their people, processes and technology, and in turn position IT as a strategic asset for their business.”

The announcements were made at a series of events Microsoft held on Wednesday with the theme “Heroes happen here.” The events highlighted the work of IT professionals, developers and partners.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer delivered a keynote at the product introduction in Los Angeles attended by 4,000 customers and partners, including Verizon Business.

“This next-generation technology means a great deal to our enterprise customers,” said Michael Marcellin, VP-product marketing at Verizon Business, in a statement. “Through our long-standing relationship with Microsoft and as an early adopter of this technology, we are poised to continue to deliver innovative solutions to customers around the globe that will help them harness the power of the Internet.”

—Carol Krol

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