At the second day of BUILD conference, Microsoft presented a number of enhancements to its developer tools and technologies. The developer preview of Windows Server 8 is now available to testers, along with developer preview builds of Visual Studio 11 and .NET Framework 4.5, only for those with a MSDN subscription.
Below is an excerpt from the official press release:
Windows Server 8: The Cloud-Optimized Server Operating System
Windows Server 8 applies Microsoft’s experience building and operating the Windows Azure public cloud to provide a cloud-optimized operating system focused on delivery of applications, interoperability within today’s diverse IT environments, high-performance virtualization and strong links to public clouds.
Windows Server 8 provides multi-tenant infrastructure for cloud services with significant enhancements to help reduce the costs of high availability and to automate service management. As an open application and Web platform that shares common management, identity and development tools with Windows Azure, Windows Server 8 empowers developers and IT professionals to deliver services across their choice of private and public cloud environments, or a combination of both.
The Windows Server 8 Developer Preview is available to MSDN subscribers. Download here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/
Check ‘Windows Server 8: An Introduction’ for more details.