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Cluster version of Windows Server delayed

Microsoft offers a new timetable for the release of Windows Server 2003 Compute Cluster Edition, but few other details.

Microsoft late Tuesday said it will delay the first beta of the high-performance computing version of Windows Server 2003 to the second half of 2005. The final release is now pushed out six months and is scheduled to ship in the first half of 2006.

Microsoft also said that by the middle of this year, it will refresh a software developer's kit for the high-performance platform that was originally released last fall.

Windows Server 2003 Compute Cluster Edition, which was previously known as Windows Server 2003 HPC Edition, is being designed to focus on personal and departmental segments of high-performance computing instead of on traditional scientific supercomputing environments. When it ships, it will support hardware based on 64-bit processors, Microsoft said.

Microsoft gave no reason for the delay other than to say that it wanted to get more feedback from customers. No pricing information has been announced.

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