I have just confirmed that the news is true; Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 were in fact legitimately posted by Microsoft onto:

  • MSDN
  • And yes … TechNet

Microsoft blogged about it a little while ago, Mary Jo Foley posted about it, and I got an official email while here in the airport, on my way to London, where I’m demo-ing the Preview build Sad smile

I have personally logged into all 3 services and the media is there.  Woohoo!


  • MSDN licenses are for test & dev
  • TechNet is for evaluation
  • The only legit production source is for those who have Software Assurance on their server licenses, and that source is MVLS …. this will not be updated until October 18th when Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 are generally available (GA – available to buy)

You cannot buy WS2012 R2 or Windows 8.1 yet.  Windows 8.1 Enterprise won’t be out for a little while.  System Center 2012 R2 (2012 does not support the new OS) is not out yet either – all will be out at the previously announced GA date.

  1. Yeeaaah!!

  2. Good thing they killed Technet! My subscription through work just expired. Guess instead of setting up Hyper-V 2012 R2 so I can offer an alternative to clients, I’ll just focus on vSphere 5.5.

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