Hello folks. This is Uday Hegde from the Active Directory product team at Microsoft. I’m the Group Program Manager responsible for Windows Server Active Directory.

Hopefully by now, you've downloaded your copy of the preview build of Windows Server 2012 R2 and have started using some of the new capabilities we've added to Active Directory in this release. If not, you can download the preview from here.  Now that the build is available, I am excited to share some of the details of these new capabilities with you.

In the Active Directory team, one of our big focus areas for the last year has been to give companies the tools and technologies they need to be successful in navigating the industry wide trends toward Consumerization of IT and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). These efforts are part of Microsoft's People Centric IT vision. You can read more on that and related technologies in today's blog post from Brad Anderson: Making Device Users Productive and Protecting Corporate Information.

We have added a new suite of capabilities to Active Directory that give end users the ability to use their devices to work from anywhere, while giving IT professionals the tools and technologies they need to effectively govern access to their applications, data, and resources that may be in an on-premises datacenter or located in a variety of cloud services. For more details on this, please read the following blog post on extending device support in Active Directory.

I'm looking forward to receiving any feedback or suggestions you have on these enhancements.

Uday Hegde

Twitter: @Uday_S_Hegde