Microsoft releases beta for Windows Server 8

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Nicole Kobie
2 Mar 2012

Microsoft has released the beta for Windows Server 8, following a developer preview last year.

Unlike the "Customer Preview" of the Windows 8 desktop OS, unveiled earlier this week, Microsoft is calling the release a beta.

"The response from that community, along with hundreds of customers in our early adopters programme, has been incredibly positive," said Bill Laing, corporate vice president of server and cloud, in a post on a Microsoft blog.

Laing higlighted a few of Windows Server 8's features, including a new version of Hyper-V with support for network virtualisation, as well as improvements to disaster recovery systems and new automation capabilities.

"Additionally, Windows Server “8” provides a powerful server application platform that enables you to develop and host the most demanding of application workloads," Laing added. "For example, with .NET Framework 4.5 you can take advantage of new asynch language and library support to build server and web applications that scale far beyond what other platforms provide."

The blog post also suggested the name of the next gen server OS wasn't set, with Laing referring to it throughout as Windows Server "8".

The Windows Server 8 beta can be downloaded here.

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