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Windows Server "8," a Cloud-Enabled OS

The capabilities introduced in the upcoming Windows Server "8" go well beyond virtualization to deliver a dynamic, multi-tenant infrastructure and provide users with flexible access to data and applications while simplifying management and maintaining security, control, and compliance.


Editor's Note: Cloud Optimize Your IT

See where the investments in the new Windows Server “8” platform will enable the fastest, most scalable and flexible solutions yet.


Download Windows Server "8" Beta

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Download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview

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Evaluation Resources

Installing Windows Server "8" Beta

Windows Server "8" Beta Release Notes

TechNet Wiki: Windows Server "8" Beta Test Lab Guides


What's New in Windows Server "8"

The content contained in this collection describes what's new and changed in Windows Server “8” Beta and focuses on changes that will potentially have the greatest impact on your use of this release.

Technical Preview for Windows Server "8"

Server Roles and Technologies in Windows Server "8"


Rocking the Windows Server “8” Administrative Experience

Distinguished Engineer for Windows Server Jeffrey Snover dishes on the improvements in Server Manager, Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment, Server Core, and the Metro style interface.

Windows PowerShell Support for Windows Server "8" Beta


Common Management Tasks and Navigation in Windows Server "8" Beta

This document will help you find and open common management tools, create shortcuts to frequently-used programs, run programs with elevated privileges, and perform common tasks like signing in and out, restarting, and shutting down computers running Windows Server “8” Beta and Windows 8 Consumer Preview.


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Prepare Now for the Next User Experience

With the Windows 8 Consumer Preview in the field, it's time to reimagine how your organization takes advantage of the new world of mobility, connectivity, data security and management.


Get the Most from Windows Server

Guidance for operating your Windows Server environment at peak performance.