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The next Windows wave is here with Windows Server 2012 R2 release

Admins can now get their hands on the final versions Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2.

Just over a year after Windows Server 2012 became generally available for administrators, it’s hard to call the R2 version greatly-anticipated. Microsoft is continuing its speedier pace of releases by offering new versions in an 18-month span.

There is an update available upon installing the final build of Windows Server 2012 R2. Microsoft describes the update as “finishing touch improvements” for performance. Specifically, Hyper-V has general virtualization reliability improvements, and the file server gets fixes for failover clustering and deduplication. It also stabilizes the boot up process.

Windows 8.1 is also available as a free update to Windows 8. It receives day-one fixes for issues with graphics and bundled-in applications.

Windows Server 2012 R2 is also available as a virtual machine for Windows Azure customers.

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