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September 4, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Windows Server 2012 general availability begins today with online launch event [updated]

[Updated 11:17 a.m.: Microsoft has added material explaining the philosophy behind some of the hundreds of new features in Windows Server 2012.

The cloud, as one might expect, is a huge part of it. In fact, Microsoft is calling Windows Server 2012 “the cornerstone of the Cloud OS.”

“Microsoft built Windows Server 2012 from the cloud up, applying its experience operating global datacenters that rely on hundreds of thousands of servers to deliver more than 200 cloud services,” the company said in a news release. “Windows Server 2012 expands the definition of a server operating system, with significant new advancements in virtualization, storage, networking and automation.”]

Earlier Post:

To mark the general availability of Windows Server 2012, Microsoft is holding an online launch event this morning.

The event, which can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/new.aspx?, will include pre-recorded sessions that will be available live starting at 8 a.m., and then can be watched on demand.

There will also be live Q&A sessions with technical advisors throughout the week. And Microsoft is saying the launch event is “game-ified” so participants can win prizes throughout September.

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