"Microsoft is now planning to deliver the first beta to customers in the second half of 2005 and the final release is scheduled for first half 2006," a Microsoft spokesperson said in an e-mail to reporters Tuesday night.
Since originally unveiling plans to create the cluster-focused edition in June 2004, Microsoft has offered a delivery target of the second half of 2005. A beta was supposed to be available in the first half of this year.
The delay will allow Microsoft to incorporate feedback from customers and partners looking at pre-beta versions of the edition, the spokesperson said. Among the problems needing more attention are overall management and deployment of CCE-based clusters.
Microsoft also disclosed plans to provide a summer update to the CCE Software Development Kit that was distributed to a limited number of ISVs and OEMs late last year.