The Windows Server Notebook

Feb 20 2012   2:51PM GMT

Microsoft extends expiration date of developer previews

Jeremy Stanley Jeremy Stanley Profile: Jeremy Stanley

Microsoft released an update this week that extends the expiration dates of the Windows 8 Developer Preview and the Windows Server 8 developer preview.

In a note posted on Microsoft’s support site, admins can download the patch that extends the Developer Preview from April 2012 to January 15, 2013. It’s a curious step, considering Microsoft hasn’t given any reasoning for the extension.

As is the norm with other preview Microsoft releases, after the expiration date systems will restart every hour and nag the user to give it it a new activation key or update the software. That update should come sooner than mid-January.

Microsoft PR says that there is nothing new to report about regarding Windows Server 8 availability. Meanwhile, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is due out February 29 during Mobile World Congress.

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