Microsoft is hard at work on its next-generation Windows operating system for consumer PCs and for enterprise users. The company had been calling its enterprise server software Windows Server 8 since we first learned of the server operating system. Microsoft has now given its new server OS an official name.
Microsoft ditched Windows Server 8 in place of Windows Server 2012. The software giant is also committed to launching the new server OS this year. The operating system is expected to launch at the same time Windows 8 from normal desktops and laptops launches.
Microsoft has yet to offer a specific timeframe for the launch, but it is widely expected to happen in October of 2012. Windows Server 2012 is available in beta right now. There hasn't been any indication from Microsoft on when a release candidate version of the server OS might surface.