Today, we are announcing the immediate availability of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate as the next milestone in the product release lifecycle.  With over 300,000 downloads of Windows Server 2012 Beta, we've seen unparalleled excitement in this version of Windows Server, which has been described in the industry as our most ambitious undertaking to-date. Management, Virtualization, Networking and Storage capabilities have all been significantly improved in Windows Server 2012, and all of the IT Pros I've met are anxious to begin leveraging these enhancements in their shops.

Download Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate here: http://aka.ms/DLWS2012RC

I encourage you to fully explore the articles below that have been posted since the March 1st beta download was made available so that you can begin to plan for leveraging these improvements within your environment.  I look forward to discussing Windows Server 2012 with you at Tech Ed in Orlando on June 11th-14th!

Rocking the Windows Server “8” Administrative Experience

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

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

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

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

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

Introduction to Windows Server 2012 Dynamic Access Control

SMB 2.2 is now SMB 3.0

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

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

Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services (RDS)

Microsoft Online Backup Service

Where to Find Previous Windows Server “8” Posts