In important news today, we are extremely excited 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. This is the same day that Windows 8.1 will be available to consumers and businesses worldwide. Microsoft Vice President Brad Anderson details this exciting news in his latest blog, "Mark Your Calendars for October 18th, the R2 Wave is Coming".

Read the news and give these new products a try today! You can download the preview bits here, and learn more about all the new innovations in the R2 products by following Microsoft Vice President, Brad Anderson’s special blog series, “What’s New in 2012 R2”  now underway.

 Get more news on the R2 wave of products by following @System_Center and Brad Anderson @InTheCloudMSFT on Twitter!