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Microsoft: Windows Server 2012 to be generally available in September

Microsoft hardware partners will receive the final code for Windows Server 2012 next month and the final version will be available in September, the company said Monday.

As part of its Worldwide Partner Conference held in Toronto, Jeffrey Snover, lead architect of Windows Server, said Windows Server 2012 will release to manufacturing in the first week of August. After that, “the product will be generally available to customers worldwide through multiple channels in September,” he said in a company blog post.

Microsoft previously hit the release candidate milestone in June, and Snover noted that the pre-release versions of the Server product have been downloaded over 500,000 times — a record number for the company.

Last week, the company detailed licensing information for Windows Server 2012 and announced the final editions.

Windows 8, the client product, will RTM that same week; however, this version will reportedly not be generally available until the end of October, according to Tami Reller, Windows Chief Financial Officer and Chief Marketing Officer.

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