Windows Server 2012 released to manufacturing!

Windows Server 2012 released to manufacturing!

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Howdy!  Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for.  I’m proud to announce that Windows Server 2012 has been released to manufacturing.  That means the final code is complete and we are delivering it to our hardware and software vendor partners this week.  We will also make the software available to our volume licensing customers in the next couple of weeks.

Get out your calendars and free up some time on September 4.  That’s when Windows Server 2012 will be generally available for evaluation and purchase by all customers around the world.  On that day we will also host an online launch event where our executives, engineers, customers and partners will share more about how Windows Server 2012 can help organizations of all sizes realize the benefits of what we call the Cloud OS.  You will be able to learn more about the features and capabilities and connect with experts and peers.  You’ll also be able to collect points along the way for the chance to win some amazing prizes. You don’t want to miss it.  Visit this site to save the date for the launch event. 

On behalf of the Windows Server engineering team, I can tell you it has been a thrill and honor for us to deliver this product.  Most importantly, we thank the many thousands of you who have provided your input and guidance throughout the process of designing and building it.  So far the hands-on feedback on the product from you, industry analysts and press has been phenomenally positive.  I attribute that to the fact that, from the outset, we committed ourselves to building Windows Server 2012 around the needs and goals of our customers and partners.  It feels great to ship software that so squarely addresses customer objectives, both in the here and now and in the future.
 
Cheers!

Jeffrey

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  • When will it be available on MSDN/TechNet?

  • What about MSDN availability?

  • sept 4. does it hit MSDN earlier than that like win8 is?

  • Win 8 is hitting TechNet on August 15th, any idea when this is hitting TechNet?

  • Eagerly awaiting the RTM bits to be available for download! Looking forward to deploying into production :-)

  • What about the Essentials version? I remember seeing that will RTM much later because the beta was released later?

  • Congrats good work!

  • Windows Server 2012

    We are proud to announce that Windows Server 2012 has been released to manufacturing. That means the final code is complete and we are delivering it to our hardware and software vendor partners this week. We will also make the software available to our volume licensing customers in the next couple of weeks.

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    Well dang. Next few week.... Well just dang.

  • Congrats, this is was we have been waiting for along time.

  • Sounds like one of those "generally available" thingies.  pfft

  • Congratulations, Jeff and team!  What a great day!

  • My guys are 'on the blocks', ready for the 'off' - so much potential for added value for 'Local Cloud' and integrated management across platforms - have just made the investment in System Center 2012 licensing.  Expecting the combination to deliver more flexible, less-effort managed infrastructure.  Finally feel that a migration from enterprise-level VMware vSphere may be worth the effort.

  • When will it be available as an Azure VM image? This might be very helpful for developers to use before mid-August or September, while still remaining under the control of Microsoft. And it would promote Azure itself, and especially the new VM features!

  • Great information - thanks. What about SCVMM 2012 for WS2012 Hyper-V management? Can we expect update in the same date as WS2012 release?

  • Wondering about Windows Server 2012 Essentials as well, will that follow the same dates (Aug 15th for MSDN/TechNet, Sept 4 for General Availability)?

    See also

    Microsoft Releases Windows Server 2012 To Manufacturing, does that include Essentials?

    here:

    social.technet.microsoft.com/.../6e2ef7ed-3550-4007-90d5-04f5d46358d8