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Amazing Day of Announcements for Microsoft

System Center, Windows 8 SKU, Server 2012 name and new Halo, all in one day!

Today is day two of MMS 2012, April 17th, 2012. I just can't believe the number of Announcements that have come out today.

First here at the Keynote at MMS we announced the world wide availability of System Center 2012. To download the trial go to http://aka.ms/syscntr If you missed the keynote you can watch it here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/new.aspx Brad Anderson published a blog post today that further details the opportunities for IT professionals to accelerate their careers in the era of continuous services and connected devices.

Yesterday we announced on the Windows Blog the SKU's what Windows 8 will be available. Yes only 3 Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows RT To see a great chart comparing the differences http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/04/16/announcing-the-windows-8-editions.aspx

Then later in the Keynote today we gave a new name to Windows Server 8 is going to now be known as Windows Server 2012. If you would like to download the trial version of Server, go here http://aka.ms/win8server I like the name Server 2012. It makes sure you understand the different between that and Windows 8. Windows Server 8 just didn't make it clear. It will take me a little while to stop saying Server 8, just like in 2000 I said NT 5 for a while Smile

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Also Released today MDT 2012. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 is the newest version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, a Solution Accelerator for operating system and application deployment. MDT 2012 supports deployment of Windows 7, Office 2010 and 365, and Windows Server 2008 R2 in addition to deployment of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP. Download page: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=25175&WT.mc_id=rss_windows_allproducts

And if that isn't enough, for the "Gamer" in you: Master Chief Returns With Worldwide Launch of 'Halo 4' Beginning Nov. 6

Marking the return of gaming's most iconic hero, the first chapter of a brand new "Halo" saga is the year's most anticipated video game release.

Master Chief Returns Nov. 6

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John Weston is a Cloud IT Pro Evangelist for Microsoft.http://aka.ms/syscntr During the last ten years he has spoken to thousands of IT Professionals across the country. Before joining Microsoft full time, he spent six years as an MCT, training people at a local college and getting new Microsoft hires up to speed. He holds more certifications than he can remember, but the list definitely includes MCITP, MCSE, MCDBA, MCT, and CCNA. Before becoming and MCT, Weston co-owned a software development and consulting firm that was a Microsoft Partner based in Dallas. His primary blog includes http://blogs.technet.com/b/jweston.

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