I am happy to announce that Windows Server 2012 Essentials has been released to manufacturing, and is now available for download and evaluation. The product will be generally available for purchase as of the 1st of November 2012 and we expect hardware partners to be shipping systems by the end of the year.

 

What are some of the highlights of Windows Server 2012 Essentials?

· Enable a dynamic, modern work style with access from your devices by using Remote Web Access (RWA), and take advantage of Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 devices for a superior experience with rich modern “My Server” apps.

· Enjoy peace of mind knowing that your data is well-protected by complementing your on-site backups, locally or with Windows Azure Online Backup, as well as utilizing integrated support for the new Windows 8 File History feature.

· Choose the email and collaboration option that’s right for you, whether that’s in the cloud with Office 365 or a hosted service provider, or running on a local Exchange server.

· Quickly and easily respond to increasing data capacity needs with support for Storage Spaces, which allows you to create elastic, resilient storage for your files and folders.

· Run the line-of-business applications that you depend on by leveraging the greatly improved application compatibility, now with a single logo certification for all Windows Server 2012 editions.

· Purchase with confidence knowing that your technology investment can easily grow to Windows Server 2012 Standard if the needs of your business grow.

Go and try out Windows Server 2012 Essentials today, by visiting the Evaluation Center download a trial copy

If you are a MSDN or TechNet subscriber, you can download Essentials from those sites as well.

You can find more information on the Windows Server 2012 Essentials product page, and discover deeper technical information on the Windows Server 2012 Essentials TechCenter. If you are a Microsoft Partner, be sure to visit the Microsoft Partner Network and take advantage of the training opportunities we have available.