Today, we've announced that Windows Server 2012 has been Released to Manufacturing (RTM) so that our Server OEM partners can begin preparing to integrate our latest Server operating system into their product offerings. Also, mark your calendars for general availability on Sept 4th, 2012 - that's the date that the final release of Windows Server 2012 will be available for evaluation and new purchases!
You can read more details from the product engineering team on the Windows Server blog at: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2012/08/01/windows-server-2012-released-to-manufacturing.aspx.
Now is a great time to begin initial test runs of Windows Server 2012 in your lab with the existing Release Candidate … You can still download it for FREE here - http://aka.ms/DLWS2012RC.
Want to learn more about Windows Server 2012? Become an "Early Expert" by joining our Windows Server 2012 "Early Experts" Challenge for free step-by-step training, hands-on labs and awards! Along the way, you'll be preparing for the new Windows Server 2012 certification, too.
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Keith Mayer is a Senior Technical Architect at Microsoft, focused on helping ISV partners leverage the Azure cloud platform. Keith has over 20 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of customers and partners worldwide on design of enterprise technology solutions.
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