Microsoft releases Windows Server 2012

2012-09-05 09:32
Microsoft has the latest version of Windows Server. (Steven Senne, AP)

Microsoft has the latest version of Windows Server. (Steven Senne, AP)

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Redmond - Microsoft is releasing the first major update to its server operating system since 2009, a prelude to releasing Windows 8 to consumers in October.

Microsoft says Windows Server 2012 adds features that make it easier to manage large clusters of servers in data centres remotely.

The Washington company is trying to capitalise on the industry trend toward "cloud computing", where computing tasks are spread out over many servers, accessed via the internet.

The latest major update to Windows Server was the 2009 release of the second version of Windows Server 2008.

A developer preview version of Windows Server 2012 was released in 2011.

Windows Server 2012 runs on standard Intel-style processors and drops support for Itanium processors, a moribund processor line made by Hewlett-Packard.

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