Yes, you read the title right… Microsoft is releasing Windows Server codename “Blue”, now officially Windows Server 2012 R2 very soon. I was able to get my hands on a pre-release copy and I have been slowly making my way through it. The biggest change: Viva La Start Button! Yes, the Start button is back, but it just links you to the new Start screen. The other improvements are the same that are in Windows 8.1, pending public preview release on June 26th (tomorrow). Another change is “Computer” is now “This PC”, again minor cosmetic changes. Just like the consumer version, Server 2012 R2 ships with Internet Explorer 11. Shipping with Server 2012 R2 as well is IIS 8.5. If you recall, all the default start pages for IIS have been hideous. IIS 8 was an improvement, but the 8.5 default start page is beautiful comparing next to any other version. In addition, it also ships with PowerShell 4.0 (I know – I haven’t even started on 3.0 yet!)
I’ll be working with the OS a bit more side by side with Windows 8.1 so check for more updates from The Cave!