The engineering teams that have been working so hard on the next version of Windows Server, code named “Windows Server 8” have been excited to show the world all the new features they’ve created in response to customer feedback. They had an opportunity to inform a select group of reviewers and were delighted with the reception that "Windows Server 8" has been receiving.

On September 14th at the BUILD conference, we released a developer preview of Windows Server 8 to help software and hardware partners prepare new and existing applications, systems, and devices for this upcoming product. The coverage starting coming in immediately.

Comments like “…takes your breath away,” and “a game-changer in the world of server and operating systems,” have made the teams here at Microsoft proud that they have been successful at serving their customers.  We’d like to share a small number of the articles that have been posted so far as a way to share our excitement.

  • First look: Windows Server 8 improves scalability and scope: Jonathan Hassell, writing for Computerworld states that “Windows Server 8 changes everything…It takes the operating system an order of magnitude higher than it’s been before and makes data centers fully ready for lights-out management, easy scalability and agile provisioning and support.” 

  • Windows Server 8: A Leap Ahead: Sean Deuby writing for Windows IT Pro discusses some of the new enhancements in “Windows Server 8” as well as the Customer Focused Design for defining the features.

  • Windows Server 8:  Hyper-V 3.0 Evens the Odds with vSphere: Michael Otey, writing for Windows ITPro states that the “upcoming Hyper-V 3.0 release that’s included in the next version of Windows Server has closed the technology gap with VMware’s vSphere” .  

We want to thank our customers for giving us their input and feedback as we’ve moved toward this preview, and we look forward to continued feedback as we progress toward beta and finally release. Let us know what you think. We will continue our blog series on Windows Server 8 with a post about virtualization this week.