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Apr 18, 2012

Windows Server “8” Officially Named Windows Server 2012

On April 17th, 2012, Microsoft unveiled during the Microsoft Management Summit 2012 in Las Vegas that the upcoming Windows Server product codenamed “8” will be released under the name of Windows Sever 2012. 

Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson spoke to nearly 5,000 IT professionals about company’s plans for cloud computing moving forward, and also confirmed the official name for the new product. 

Moreover, he explained that Microsoft is focused on private cloud and that it plans on enhancing it with the release of the new Windows Server 2012 later this year. 

“Microsoft’s private cloud solutions help IT professionals become cloud innovators for their companies, managing and delivering the applications people need to be productive across private, hybrid and public clouds,” Anderson said.

Windows Server 2012 will become commercially available along with Windows 8, the next generation client from Microsoft, in a move expected to take place in the beginning of the fourth quarter of the year. 

The Redmond-based software giant is still mum on the possible release date for the platforms, but it would make sense for them to arrive together.

Microsoft’s choice to call the new server product Windows Server 2012 should not come as a surprise, especially since it is in line with the naming scheme the company used for the previous platforms. 

At the moment, Microsoft is offering Windows Server 2012 in a beta flavor, the same as Windows 8 (known better as Windows 8 Consumer Preview). 

The software company is expected to move both products to the next development milestone – Release Candidate – in the next several weeks, most probably in late May or early June. 

What’s still uncertain is when the two will be released to manufacturing, though previous reports suggested that late summer could be the targeted timeframe. General availability should follow shortly after. 

Windows Server 2012 Beta is available for download from Microsoft’s website.


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