In news today, Microsoft announced that on October 18th, eligible customers will able to download Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and use the latest update to Windows Intune. On the same day, Windows 8.1 will be available to consumers and businesses worldwide. You can get the details of this important announcement in Microsoft Vice President Brad Anderson's blog, "Mark Your Calendars for October 18th, the R2 Wave is Coming".
While you’re there, be sure to check out Brad’s special blog series on “What’s New in 2012 R2” for an in-depth look at the key innovations of the R2 product wave. You’ll also want to download the preview bits here to get started with the new releases today!