Thursday 12 February 2009

Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta Downloads are x64 Only – Windows 7 Maintains x86 and X64

The new Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta can be downloaded from here: Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta. The downloads are .EXE files that will extract to an ISO.

The above link will be active for a limited time.

Our TechNet subscription has the downloads available to us too:

09-02-12 TechNet - Win2K8 R2 Downloads

TechNet Plus Subscription Downloads for Win2K8 R2 Beta

Note that there are only x64 flavours available!

Now that we are seeing the death of the x86 OS on the server side, it is only a matter of time before the desktop OSs follow suit. Windows 7 is obviously not there:

09-02-12 TechNet - Windows 7 Beta Downloads

Windows 7 Beta Downloads including x86

Some reading of interest:

BTW, the feedback on Windows 7 from various sources is really quite positive so far. Microsoft may indeed have a winner here!

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists

*All Mac on SBS posts will not be written on a Mac until we replace our now missing iMac!

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