Today on the Windows Server blog, corporate vice president Bill Laing writes about the Windows Server “8” beta.  IT professionals and software developers worldwide can now download, evaluate and provide Microsoft with feedback on the new platform.

The new server dramatically improves the economics of IT through automated infrastructure for highly available networking, storage, computing running on industry standard hardware. Ultimately, Windows Server “8” will help companies of all sizes embrace private and hybrid cloud computing, in order to move faster, save money and better compete.

In today’s blog post, Bill highlights just a few of the many new features and capabilities coming in Windows Server “8.” These new technologies are examples of how the new server provides a multi-tenant platform for cloud computing, delivers high availability and disaster recovery on more cost effective hardware, offers multi-machine management and automation, and provides software developers with an ideal application platform.

Customers and partners should visit the Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform What’s New Page for more information and guidance, including a video about Windows Server “8.”  You can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #Winserver.