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First look: Windows Server Blue beta shows compelling improvements

Jonathan Hassell | June 27, 2013
Storage, virtualization, management and other improvements make Windows Server 2012 R2 a must-have.

That continues despite the shortened release cadence here. Meaningful improvements to storage, management, configurability and virtualization make this a release that on its merits is absolutely worth having.

The question is: What will the licensing look like to get your hands on it? Will it be a free update a la Windows 8.1 for currently licensed customers? (For what it is worth, I would find this outcome unlikely, but I would be happy to be proven wrong.) Will it be a reduced price update compared to previous dot releases? Or will it be treated as a fully new version of Windows Server that will be separately licensed?

Windows Server 2012 R2 has certainly won the technical superiority game, but only Microsoft can position its licensing to win the overall match as well.


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