As some of you may have already noticed, earlier today Microsoft announced that Windows 8.1 will be available to consumers and businesses worldwide on October 18, 2013.

 

But before you start your 8.1 party (with a DJ in a data center, for example), there’s even more good news:

 

I'm excited to announce that on that same day eligible customers will be able to download Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 and the latest update to Windows Intune. We’ll make evaluation versions available through the TechNet Evaluation Center, and these products will be available for new purchases when they hit the price list on November 1st. MORE