Today alongside the launch of Windows 8.1 Release to Manufacturing to TechNet and MSDN, the Redmond company also released Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM to those subbed to one of the big two development networks.
Official due date for the public release of the Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM was slated to either TechNet or MSDN until October 18th. The gig reason behind this early was due to the pressure from developers, Microsoft has cahnged its mind, instead allowing users to get at the RTM before its gets its general, end-user release.
Microsoft’s Steven Guggenheimer after listening to the complaints on the Windows blogs noted to take decision to go back on the initial plan:
“We heard from you that our decision to not initially release Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM bits was a big challenge for our developer partners. . . As we refine our delivery schedules for a more rapid release cadence, we are working on the best way to support early releases to the various audiences within our ecosystem.”
However the RTM was announced in August 2013, which was thought that Microsoft doesn’t want to release it to developers that early. Now, TechNet and MSDN subscribers can download RTM versions of Windows 8.1, alongside.
Download Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM versions as well, includes Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Server and Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation. These RTMs for devs will be helpful in testing apps and ensure ecosystem stability.
The general release date for all these RTM products will be October 18th, like Windows 8.1, and we’ll keep updated on any changes made by Microsoft here at Grabi.
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