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Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012 has finally been completed and released to manufacturing, thus all the manufacturers of server-based equipment will be able not only to pre-install it on certain devices, but tweak all hardware and software to work in perfect compliance with the new Server edition.

Volume licensing customers will be able to get their hands on it in the coming weeks, and Jeffrey Snover of the Windows Server Engineering team has urged consumers to "free up some time on September 4," for it is on that date when Windows Server 2012 go on general sale worldwide.

With Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface (ARM Edition) set to arrive late in October, the next couple of months are shaping up to be really exciting if you’re a Microsoft fan. On the 4th September launch date, the Windows Server team also plans to host an online launch event which will see engineers and execs, customers and partners showcase how Windows Server 2012 will work, and the benefits therein.

The main theme of the online event will be to showcase Cloud OS, and show individuals and businesses of all sizes just how useful the cloud integration will be for all concerned. As an added incentive to join in the event, customers can collect points along the way, for an opportunity to win some "amazing prizes."

Meanwhile, Windows 8 RTM has also been announced. On August 15th, MSDN and TechNet subscribers will be the first to get a feel for the new software, and the following day, Software Assurance customers and Microsoft Partner Network members will also be given access. Then, on 20th August, Microsoft Action Pack providers will be given Windows 8, and on September 1st, Volume license customers will be able to grab Windows 8 licenses.

Windows Server 2012 overview

Snover completes the server announcement by gushing about how much of a joy at a pleasure it has been to be part of the Windows Server 2012 team, and thanked those who’ve contributed their guidance and critique throughout in order to make it a truly well-rounded product.

The next couple of months will be crucial to the Redmond-based software maker, and it will be interesting to see the public’s reception to the new arrivals.

(source WindowsServerBlog)

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