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May 31 2012   6:29PM GMT

Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate now available for download



Posted by: Ben Rubenstein
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IT pros eager to get their hands on the latest build of Windows Server 2012 won’t have to wait until June. Today, Microsoft made the Release Candidate of its new server operating system available for download on its TechNet website today in both 64-bit ISO and VHD versions. The new version comes at least a few days earlier than expected based on comments the company made in April.

It’s unclear just what has changed since the beta version of the software was released at the end of February. As we dig into the latest release, check out what we know so far about Windows Server 2012 (aka Windows Server 8).

Also available today is the Windows 8 Release Preview, whose availability was leaked via a (subsequently deleted) Microsoft blog post yesterday. The new version of Windows 8 will reportedly include Flash in the new Metro-based Internet Explorer 10.

Will you download the Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate or the Windows 8 Release Preview? What do you hope has changed?

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