The Microsoft chief operating officer announced a triple software launch to occur in February 27th 2008.
Turner announced that Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 will launch together at an event in Los Angeles kicking off hundreds of launch events around the world.
The press release summarises the significance of the launches thusly: "As the next wave of innovation from Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business, these three products will provide a reliable and security-enhanced enterprise platform, serve as the foundation for the next generation of Web-based service applications, and broadly support virtualization and business intelligence."
Turner himself put it rather more bluntly. "Andy Lees [corporate VP, server and tools marketing and solutions group] told me it’s a feeding frenzy of opportunity. He told me to use that word, because there’s hundreds of billions of dollars available to you through the partner ecosystem and monetization for these products."