(The Hosting News) – Microsoft’s popular operating system platform for server management is finally seeing the light of day with a beta release. The company revealed Windows Server “8” (as it’s currently codenamed) on Thursday.
The availability follows a September event in which Microsoft previewed the software.
Microsoft’s Bill Laing, Corporate VP of the company’s Server and Cloud Division recently discussed the matter on the Windows Server Blog saying the Beta release was intended to let those in the IT and development community evaluate and provide feedback concerning the release.
“Now is the time for you, IT professionals in organizations of all sizes, to get your hands on this new release, discover the new capabilities and contribute to the development of what we call the cloud-optimized OS,” stated Laing regarding the matter.
In addition to simply introducing the software, Laing also outlined some of Windows Server 8’s primary features. Included among them are enhanced virtualization through Hyper-V and better disaster recovery. Another primary feature includes the user’s ability to better manage multiple machines via the platform’s Server Manager along with enhanced automation.
Microsoft’s Windows Server initially launched with Windows 2000 in late 1999. The last stable release was Windows Server 2008 R2, unveiled in July of 2009.
While the new release is out, Laing emphasized that it provides “just a brief taste of the hundreds of features and capabilities you will find in the beta.” The beta is available to download through Microsoft.com.
The introduction of Windows Server 8 Beta comes as the company also revealed a highly anticipated consumer preview of Windows 8 in Barcelona, Spain at Mobile World Congress. Microsoft initially began to provide more information regarding Windows 8 when Microsoft Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky started the Building Windows 8 blog nearly six months ago. The next generation OS is expected to feature more compatibility with mobile and tablet devices. For more information regarding Windows Server 8, go here (Microsoft.com).