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Microsoft Announces Windows Server 2008 Pricing

Microsoft has announced new pricing and features for Windows Server 2008, which also includes Hypervisor which would be built-in some versions of the OS while still being available as a standalone product for all others.

When Microsoft released Vista with several different versions, critics pounded on the software giant saying they should follow the standard set by Apple and its single release of OS X. In addition, while that comparison is not completely fair since Windows is a more widespread Operating System the software giant will continue to distribute the Server 2008 product as it did with Vista.

The international company said there would be approximately a 1% increase in pricing on the available server, which Microsoft is widely expecting to make available in time for its Feb. 27, 2008 launch event in Los Angeles.

Microsoft said versions of the server without Hyper-V will be available as 32-bit or 64-bit, with the exception of Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based systems, which will only be available as a 64-bit version.

The Hyper-V feature will only be available with 64-bit editions of Windows Server 2008.

Microsoft also released the pricing list for the server: Windows Server 2008 Standard, $999; Standard without Hyper-V, $971; Enterprise, $3,999; Enterprise without Hyper-V, $3,971; Datacenter, $2,999 (per processor); Datacenter without Hyper-V, $2,971 (per processor); Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems, $2,999 (per processor); and Windows Web Server 2008, $469.