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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!
I know another consultant who is chomping at the bit to release 2012 for some clients as soon as it comes out. I've tested Windows 2012 RC and found too many bugs that I doubt will be fixed by the time the 2012 goes official. MS says they are listening but they said that with Vista. I doubt anyone is listening until it gets panned by tech journals. Windows 8 has been out for a while and even glaring errors still aren't fixed. You can't continue on https web sites with cert errors. There are many (what I consider) easily noticeable bugs like this. If they can't catch the obvious stuff, I'm not anxious to roll it out until many months after it is released. Might even wait for SP1. I rolled out Windows 7 the day it was released so I'm not afraid of new operating systems even though I never released a single edition of Vista as I thought it was crap. Windows 8/2012 has potential but I don't think it is ready to take out of the oven.
I'm assuming at this point that we'll just be ignored until the 4th. At that point they'll then tell us, "what's the big deal? It's now released", and go on their merry way of avoiding this whole debacle.
To whomever on the server team decided to wait until GA to release this on MSDN, let me just say - you suck. You've caused us heartburn and deployment/testing problems. Please quit and put someone competent in your place.
To everyone else on the server team not responsible for this release fiasco, thank you for your efforts. I look forward to testing the RTM bits.
this entire comment thread is best summed up as: zero perspective nerd angst
wow, I get access to a server os 2-3 weeks later than expected...end of the world, sit back and listen to me cry like a five year old in page after page of comments
Trial is on the web. Still nothing in TechNet. I think I know what I am not resubscribing too this fall.
When will Windows Server 2012 Essentials RTM?
Thanks for nothing. You all solicited our feedback and asked us if this caused us heartburn, which it did. You realized that setting the GA and TechNet/MSDN availability would allow us zero testing time and made no sense. Then based on that information you did nothing other than bluster about how you couldn't move the date. You were absolutely incapable of helping the situation in any way. No matter what we said, it appears you really didn't want our feedback and everything was set in stone to launch on the 4th. Other teams were amazingly able to move their TechNet/MSDN launch date up, but of course, not the server 2012 team. That was completely beyond your control, even though you were able to launch the VL and OEM weeks ago. You were unable to move that date in any way. Yeah. Right. What's next, a bridge to sell us too?
Next time, please, just don't even ask if this is going to cause us trouble and get our hopes up that you might listen and may be able to do something about it. Just keep quiet altogether and huddle yourselves and your team away in your cozy Microsoft-only world. That is the only one that counts, right? Anyway, congratulations on a spectacular feat of incompetence. That takes skill.
Windows Server 2012 Standard Evaluation workgroup seem unable to print to shared printer connected to Windows XP Home.Type 3 Printer Driver HP 1606dn printer 32 bit and 64 bit installed.
i tried windows 8 and server 2012. it is sweet! very fast and responsive. woohoo!
is the it camp jersey still avaialble?
Another intellectual masterpiece. Great work Jeffrey.