Windows Server 2012 introduction

 
Windows Server powers many of the worlds' largest datacenters, enables small businesses around the world, and delivers value to organizations of all sizes in between. Windows Server 2012 redefines the server category, delivering hundreds of new features and enhancements spanning virtualization, networking, storage, user experience, cloud computing, automation, and more. Simply put, Windows Server 2012 helps you transform your IT operations to reduce costs and deliver a whole new level of business value.
 
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Beyond Virtualization

Offers a dynamic, multitenant infrastructure to help you scale and secure workloads and build a private cloud. Windows Server 2012 can help you provide:

Complete Virtualization Platform

A fully-isolated, multitenant environment with tools that can help guarantee service level agreements, enable usage-based chargeback, and support self-service delivery.

Improved Scalability and Performance

A high-density, scalable environment that you can modify to perform at an optimum level based on your needs.

Connecting to Cloud Services

A common identity and management framework to enable highly secure and reliable cross-premises connectivity.

The Power of Many Servers, the Simplicity of One

Delivers a highly available and easy to manage cloud-optimized platform. Windows Server 2012 can help you provide:

Flexible Storage

Diverse storage choices that can help you achieve high performance, availability, and storage resource efficiency through virtualization and storage conservation.

Continuous Availability

New and improved features that provide cost-effective, highly available services with protection against a wide range of failure scenarios.

Management Efficiency

Automation of a broad set of management tasks and simplified deployment of workloads as you move toward full, lights-out automation.

Every App, Any Cloud

Offers a cloud-optimized server platform that gives you the flexibility to build and deploy applications and websites on-premises, in the cloud, or across both. Windows Server 2012 can help you deliver:

Flexibility to Build On-Premises and in the Cloud 

A consistent set of tools and frameworks that enables developers to build symmetrical or hybrid applications across the datacenter and the cloud.

A Scalable and Elastic Infrastructure 

New features to help you increase website density and efficiency, plus frameworks, services, and tools to increase the scalability and elasticity of modern applications.

An Open Web and App Development Environment 

An open platform that enables mission-critical applications and provides enhanced support for open standards, open-source applications, and various development languages.

Modern Workstyle, Enabled

Provides users with flexible access to data and applications while simplifying management and maintaining security, control, and compliance. Windows Server 2012 can help you offer:             

Access to Applications and Data from Virtually Anywhere, Any Device 

Seamless, on-demand access to virtualized work environments from virtually anywhere.

A Full Windows Experience Anywhere 

A personalized and rich user experience from virtually any device that adapts to different network conditions quickly and responsively.

Enhanced Data Security and Compliance 

Granular access to data and corporate resources based on strong identity, data classification, and centralized policy administration and auditing.

Windows 8 introduction

It begins here. Windows 8 and Windows RT.         

 

Live updates at a glance     

Vibrant and beautiful, the Start screen is the first thing you'll see. Each tile on the Start screen is connected to a person, app, website, playlist,  or whatever else is important to you. Tiles light up with the latest info, so you're instantly up to date. In one glance, you'll see that photo you were just tagged in, tomorrow’s weather, and messages from your friends.  More about the Start screen  

 

It's all yours     

In Windows, even the little things are all about you. Like the screen that appears when your PC is locked—it can be any picture you choose. And you'll see quick notifications on your lock screen before you sign in to your PC or open a single app.         

With picture password, you can sign in by tracing a pattern on a picture of your choice instead of typing a password. Zigzag over your dog’s face? Three taps on your child’s nose? The choice is yours. 

A selection of PCs running Windows 8 and Windows RT

Work and play

Use your new tablet or laptop for entertainment, work, or both. Chat with a friend while scoping out a map, or play a game while getting stuff done. Go from spreadsheet to video in one swipe, or snap them side-by-side for easy multitasking.           

More about work and play

Apps do more     

App tiles

Built-in apps like People, Mail, Photos, and Messaging power you through all your essential tasks and work together for a single, streamlined experience. And there’s a world of new apps to discover in the Windows Store.           

More about apps