The Windows Server Notebook

Sep 9 2013   7:03PM GMT

TechNet, MSDN customers get first crack at Windows Server 2012 R2

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger

Customers with MSDN and TechNet descriptions will be able to download the RTM versions of Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft said this week. But don’t expect it to be the final build that ships.

In a blog post, the company said these customers would be able to start downloading these products beginning this week, well ahead of the Oct. 18 general availability date.

Microsoft said it will continue to update the RTM build ahead of its release.

This is a reversal of its decision to withhold RTM products from everyone until Oct. 18, a decision which was reiterated just a few weeks ago. The company said the change comes in response to feedback from its customers.

Windows 8.1′s RTM release is also available for MSDN and TechNet.

What do you think of this change to Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM news? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SearchWinServer.

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