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Breaking News: Windows Server 8 Beta Is Now Available!

New version of Windows Server platform is released for public beta review.

Finally!  After the long wait, and expectation growing as the day approached, we are finally able to announce to the world that the Beta of the next version of Windows Server, currently codename: Windows Server “8”, is now available for download.

From the download page:

Windows Server "8" is the broadest, most scalable and elastic platform for web and applications. Its consistent, open set of tools and frameworks give developers the flexibility to build and deploy applications on-premises, in the cloud, and in a hybrid environment. Windows Server "8" will empower you to deliver:

  • Flexibility to build on-premises and in the cloud: Developers can use the same languages and tools to build on-premises and cloud applications, allowing them to build applications that use distributed and temporally decoupled components.
  • An open web platform: Windows Server "8", combined with Internet Information Services (IIS), offers a solid platform for both open-source web stacks and ASP.NET, opening up a wide range of choices for application development.
  • A scalable and elastic web platform: Hosting providers can use new features in Windows Server "8" to increase density, simplify management, and achieve higher scalability in a shared web-hosting environment.

Need more information? See the product details page.

Click the photo of the handsome IT Pro above to go to the download page, or click http://aka.ms/Server8

“Wait.. aren’t all IT Pros handsome, Kevin?”

You’re right.  That was redundant.  And the girls are all pretty.

And in case you haven’t yet downloaded the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (the desktop/laptop/tablet OS), you can get it HERE as of yesterday: http://aka.ms/Win8Client

Download the Beta here!

Have you tried it out yet?  What do you think?  Share your experiences in the comments!

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Kevin is an engaging and highly sought-after speaker and webcaster who has landed several times on Microsoft's top 10 webcast list, and has delivered many top-scoring TechNet events and webcasts. In his past outside of Microsoft, Kevin has held positions such as software engineer, information systems professional, and information systems manager. He loves sharing helpful new solutions and technologies with his IT professional peers.

A prolific blogger, Kevin shares his thoughts, ideas and tips on his “Full of I.T.” blog (http://aka.ms/FullOfIT). He also contributes to and moderates the TechNet Forum IT Manager discussion (http://aka.ms/ITManager), and presents live TechNet Events throughout the central U.S. (http://www.technetevents.com). When he's not busy learning or blogging about new technologies, Kevin enjoys digital photography and videography, and sings in a band. (Q: Midlife crisis? A: More cowbell!) He continues to challenge his TechNet Event audiences to sing Karaoke with him.