Great news!  We reached another important milestone on the road to the final release of the cloud optimized OS:  Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC) is available now for download and evaluation.

If you haven’t yet started exploring the wide range of new features and capabilities, this new pre-release version is an ideal time to begin.  With nearly 300,000 downloads to date of the beta release, the excitement around this new Windows Server is unprecedented.   I encourage you to join the worldwide community of IT professional and developers who are already familiarizing themselves with Windows Server 2012 and gearing up take advantage of all it has to offer.   Thanks in advance for participating in this last opportunity to provide us with your feedback so we can deliver you the highest quality release.

I also encourage you to fully explore this blog, if you haven’t already.  It’s a great on ramp to the new Server, providing insights directly from the people who have built it, as well as links out a rich set of blogs and content across Microsoft digital properties.  Below I’ve provided a list of posts since the March 1 beta announcement.

We look forward to showcasing Windows Server 2012 at our June TechEd events in Orlando and Amsterdam and at a Community Roadshow in a city near you.


Windows Server 2012, PowerShell 3.0 and DevOps, Part 2…

Windows Server 2012, PowerShell 3.0 and DevOps, Part 1…

Announcing the Windows Server 2012 Community Roadshow

Introduction to Windows Server 2012 Dynamic Access Control

Improved Server Manageability through Customer Feedback: How the Customer Experience Improvement Program makes Windows Server 2012 a better product for IT Professionals

Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services (RDS)

Introducing the Server and Cloud Partner and Customer Solutions Team Blog

Building Cloud Infrastructure with Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1

SMB 2.2 is now SMB 3.0

Introducing Windows Server “8” Hyper-V Network Virtualization: Enabling Rapid Migration and Workload Isolation in the Cloud

Windows Server “8” Beta: Hyper-V & Scale-up Virtual Machines Part 2…

Windows Server “8” Beta: Hyper-V & Scale-up Virtual Machines Part 1…

Standards-based Management in Windows Server “8”

Microsoft Online Backup Service

Building an Optimized Private Cloud using Windows Server “8” Server Core

Rocking the Windows Server “8” Administrative Experience

Where to Find Previous Windows Server “8” Posts