The Windows Server blog has posted the dates for when you can get the release to manufacturing version of Windows Server 2008 R2. The posting is at When to expect Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM. Here’s a summary of the various methods and dates.
- OEMs: July 29 (English and Language Packs); August 11 (remaining languages)
- MSDN subscribers: August 14 (in English, French, German, Japanese, Italian and Spanish); August 21 (remaining languages)
- TechNet subscribers: August 14 (in English, French, German, Japanese, Italian and Spanish); August 21 (remaining languages)
- Gold Certified Microsoft resellers: August 19 (via the Microsoft Program Portal)
- Action Pack subscribers: August 23
- Retail-channel customers: September 14
- Volume licensees with existing Software Assurance (SA) licenses: August 19 (via the Volume License Service Center)
- Volume licensees without an SA licenses: September 1 (via the Volume License Service Center)
- Evaluation version RTM build: August 20 for the 180-day evaluation version of Windows Server 2008 R2.
You can learn more about the key features of Windows Server 2008 R2: Customer Value Proposition Resources for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2
For more details about each of the features, see How to Get Started Leveraging Windows Server 2008 R2 Features.
You can get started getting ready for Windows Server 2008 R2 with the Windows Server 2008 R2 Developer Training Kit.
Also, see Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 series of videos for developers on MSDEV.
Sign up for the Windows Server 2008 R2 Front Runner program. Front Runner is an early adopter program for ISVs in the US that helps you get your applications compatible with the latest Microsoft technologies. Once you tell us that your application is compatible, you’ll get a range of marketing benefits to help you let your customers know you’re a Front Runner, including customizable marketing and PR campaigns as well as listings in Microsoft directories that are viewed by millions of people.
For ISVs outside the United States, you can participate in ISV App Compat for Windows Server 2008 R2.
Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation