Today, Microsoft is excited to announce that on October 18th, eligible customers will able to download Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and use the latest update to Windows Intune. Also on this same day, Windows 8.1 will be available to consumers and businesses worldwide.  You can find more details on this news on Microsoft Vice President Brad Anderson's blog, "Mark Your Calendars for October 18th, the R2 Wave is Coming".

So mark the date in your calendars because there is a lot to get excited about! In the meantime, you can download the preview bits and learn more about these upcoming releases in Microsoft Vice President Brad Anderson’s special blog series on “What’s New in 2012 R2” currently underway.

Here’s what you need to get started.  You can download the latest previews below:

And for more of the latest news on these upcoming releases, follow us on Twitter via @MSCloud, and follow Brad @InTheCloudMSFT!