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    Mark your calendars,

    As most of you have already heard, the next generation of Microsoft products are about to be released.. Microsoft has announced the release dates for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Intune.

    All four of the updates will be released on the same day, October 18, 2013.

    What’s new in Windows 8.1, some of the changes include:

    • Internet Explorer 11
    • New Bing Search engine
    • 2 new Bing Apps (Food & Drink and Health & Fitness)
    • Updates to Bing Maps
    • Improved Windows Store Experience
    • Cloud connectivity with SkyDrive

    There are improvements to all components of System Center 2012 R2.

    What’s new in Windows Server 2012 R2, some of the changes include:

    • New ISCSI Target Server
    • New features and functionality for Server Message Block (SMB)
    • PowerShell cmdlets for WDS
    • New DHCP features
    • Changes to Bitlocker
    • Changes to DFS replication
    • Number of new management, scalability and functionality improvement to File and Storage service
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    Windows Intune combines management capabilities for both cloud and on-premise PC and mobile devices through:

    • Unified infrastructure
    • Device management
    • Security
    • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

    So if you are a techie, geek or just like living on the leading edge like me, then October 18 will be a good day to look forward to.  Until next time, RIDE SAFE!

    Rick Trader
    Windows Server Instructor – Interface Technical Training
    Phoenix, AZ

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