I’m old.  Yup, a lot of people do what they can to hide that fact.  Not me.  I’m old, and I remember when software updated with the frequency of a Browns winning streak.  WordPerfect 5.1 was WordPerfect 5.1 for years.  And we liked it.  So you kids get off my lawn!  (Sorry, I got a little carried away there…)

Fast forward to now.  Between security needs, feature adds and the ease of deployment (think cloud, boys and girls), everybody has switched to a much greater frequency.  And it ain’t just Microsoft, folks.

But let’s talk about Microsoft.  In keeping with their strategy that was really introduced about 5 years ago, they’re keeping up with their 4 year cycle on major products.  Major upgrade (think Windows Server 2008), Major Release upgrade in two years later (Server 2008 R2 in 2010), followed by next Major Release (Server 2012 in…wait for it…2012).

Same thing for Windows desktop, but it went by the name of Vista followed by Windows 7, and then Windows 8.

So now we’ve got Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Desktop 8.1, both of which are scheduled for general release on October 18.

So far I’ve been using 8.1 on my tablet, and it’s pretty evolutionary.  Steve Buchwald has been playing with the Server 12 R2, and he has a maniacal look in his eye (nothing unusual there).

We’ll be showing off both of those products at our Lunchinar on October 16th.  But in the meantime, here are some resource that Microsoft has made available (thanks to Keith Mayer, Senior Tech Evangelist over at Microsoft):

 

There are actually a lot more resources available.  Drop me a line if you’d like more info.  Also check out Keith’s blog here.