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After months of development, Microsoft's Internet Information Services (IIS) team believes that it has reached a point of extreme stability with IIS7. The team has so much faith in its code base that, starting now, it is offering a special Windows Server "Longhorn" Beta 3 (aka Windows Server 2008) Go Live license specifically for IIS7. Why would the company do this? One of the most important aspects of IIS is the ability to handle load, and what better way to load test the server than allow it to be used in real-world environments? HangZhou Night Net

Here's the word straight from Microsoft:

To facilitate rigorous testing under real conditions, Microsoft is now offering Windows Server Codename "Longhorn" Beta 3 under a special Go Live license, prepared exclusively for IIS7. The IIS7 Go Live License permits customers to deploy beta releases of IIS7 into live production environments well before the official release of Windows Server Codename "Longhorn".

If you insist on having your applications and servers use the absolute latest technology, this is a great deal. For those unfamiliar with what a Go Live license does, it gives you legal permission to run beta software in a production environment. Still, it is important to note that while some Go Live software receives formal support, this specific offer does not. Microsoft also does not plan to offer hot fix support for the Windows Server "Longhorn" Beta 3 Go Live software.

Those interested can commit to the Go Live license at Microsoft Connect. It's short, simple, and warns you several times that the product is a pre-release and may not be stable.

 

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