Microsoft hit an important milestone this week as it finalized Windows Server 2012 R2 ahead of its Oct. 18 launch.
In the past, IT shops with MSDN or TechNet subscriptions could begin downloading the bits as soon as Microsoft said the operating system hit the RTM stage.
This time around, everyone will have access to the final product on the same day. This is because Microsoft will complete the final validation checks after this stage ahead of its release, meaning the company can prepare day-one patches if necessary.
Windows 8.1 has also reached the RTM stage.
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